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Skyfall | 2012 | PG-13 | - 5.6.5

After getting shot during a mission, James Bond (Daniel Craig) retires to a tropical island while many think he is dead. However, when terrorists attack the MI6 headquarters, Bond comes back. Also with Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, Rory Kinnear and Albert Finney. Directed by Sam Mendes. [2:23]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A nude man (we see his bare shoulders and chest) joins a nude woman (we see her bare shoulders and upper chest) in a shower, where he says to her, "I like you better without your Beretta" and she replies, "I feel naked without it" and they kiss (sex is implied). A man and a woman kiss passionately (he's bare-chested and she is in shadow) and they lie in bed, presumably after sex while she caresses his bare chest. A bare-chested man with a towel wrapped around his waist sits in a chair while a woman shaves him and she is very close to him as they speak suggestively; the man starts to unbutton her top (we see cleavage and a bit of her bra) and she admonishes him, until she finishes shaving him and the scene cuts to fireworks (implying sex). A man kisses a woman who is bound and tied to a boulder.
 During the opening credits we see a series of shots of seemingly nude women in silhouette or heavy shadow dancing and moving suggestively; we see what could be bare buttocks, along with one woman's bare shoulders, back and legs. A woman is shown with a blanket wrapped around her in the background (her bare shoulders are visible). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals some cleavage and her bare back. A man is shown bare-chested with a towel around his waist while shaving. Women wearing low-cut evening gowns (revealing bare shoulders, backs and cleavage) are shown in a casino. A woman wears a dress that has sheer fabric panels on the back and the sides to the hip (we see flesh beneath). A woman is shown wearing a silky robe that shows the outline of her hips. A man swims wearing a swimsuit and we see his bare back, chest and abdomen. Women in a casino wear short dresses that reveal bare thighs.
 While questioning a man, the questioner opens his shirt and caresses his shoulder, neck and chest, then his clothed thighs while making a sexually suggestive remark. A man and a woman speak using suggestive terms in a few scenes. A man talks about a woman being in the sex trade. A man tells a woman, "It's amazing what you can do with an extra set of hands." A man tells a woman that she looks "beautiful in that dress."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man shoots another man in the head from a great distance (we see a hole open in the back of the man's head and he falls forward off his chair). A man shoots a guard and drags the body behind a desk.
 A man shoots at another man, the two men fight and one man dangles over a ledge; he loses his grip and falls to his death. A man shoots several other men and we see holes open in their clothing (no blood is evident). Several police officers are shot. A woman is shot and dies. Two men open fire on several gunmen; several are shot, and a couple are blown up by explosives (we see what could be the boot of one of the men struck by the explosive). A man is stabbed in the back, he moans loudly and he slumps to the floor.
 A woman with her hands bound is led to a large rock where she stands and a man places a shot glass on her head (we see that she has blood on her mouth, presumably from being beaten); a man with a gun aims at her, shoots and strikes the rock behind her, and another man shoots and kills her (she slumps forward and we see no blood).
 Two men fight: they fall over a railing and into a pit where there are komodo dragons, one man aims a gun at the other man, his leg is bitten by a dragon and he is dragged out of sight (we hear him screaming and he is presumably killed); the other man jumps on the back of another dragon and grabs onto the railing where another man points a gun at him until a woman steps on the gunman's hand. Two men fight: one man jumps and kicks the other man and one man grabs the other by the neck to break it.
 A man jumps on the top of a moving train and another man speeds his motorcycle off an overpass and lands on top of the same train: the two men shoot at each other, they fight, they duck when they enter a tunnel, one man throws an explosive that blows a hole in the train car, one man operates a backhoe on the train knocking several cars off the train and causing a woman in a car nearby to swerve to avoid running into them, and the operator is shot in the shoulder (we see a bit of blood); the two men continue to fight (one man uses a chain to hit the other man) and one is held with a cord around his neck (he frees himself), and a woman aims a rifle and shoots one of the men and he falls off the train and into rushing water below.
 A man draws a gun and walks toward an open door, he moves through the door and finds two dead bodies (we see a pool of blood under one body), and then a badly wounded man with a lot of blood on his chest and mouth. A man with his gun drawn finds a dead man on the floor while searching a building for another man (blood is pooled under him). We see two dead men on the floor and we hear sirens blaring.
 A man shoots a helicopter, shots from the helicopter are fired back and the helicopter tears into the building where the man is hiding; an explosive detonates and several men are thrown. A man throws an explosive, a helicopter shoots at a car and it explodes, and another explosive blows up and the flames get into the helicopter; the helicopter tips on its side and it goes into a house.
 A man talks about biting into a hydrogen cyanide capsule and that "it burned his insides"; the man removes a plate from his mouth, we see that the inside of his mouth is blackened and his face falls in slightly. A man uses a knife and cuts into his shoulder pulling out pieces of shrapnel from a gunshot wound (we see blood trickle as he presses the blade against his skin).
 After a man is shot and falls into water below, and he is swept into rapids and over a waterfall (we see him sinking into the water unconscious or dead). We see a video of a man with a bag over his head being forced to his knees by gunmen and we understand that the man was murdered (we do not see the killing).
 A woman shoots at a man running away from her (he is not struck). A man points a gun at a woman's face. A man holds a gun on a woman.
 A man shoots a door while in a subway tunnel as a train approaches him and steps into the door just as the train speeds by. A man practices shooting and shoots a hole in a barn wall. A man jumps and grabs onto a moving elevator; he rides many floors, loses his grip with one hand, and then climbs up the outside of the elevator and into a building. Several gunmen approach a house where a man and a woman are hiding. A man jumps onto the back of a speeding train (he is OK). A man chases another man through a train station; they both slide down the dividers between escalators.
 A woman in a car speeds through narrow streets while chasing another car: police on motorcycles chase them, one car knocks the side mirrors off when speeding close to parked cars, they speed through a crowded market where they knock over carts with goods, people scatter, and one car crashes into the other and it flips on its side; two men shoot at each other and the police crash their motorcycles (no injuries are seen). Two men steal two motorcycles and race on them; they speed through streets, up flights of stairs, through buildings and across rooftops until one crashes through the window of a bazaar and lands on the floor below. During a car chase, one car backs into another, and then clips another car and causes a truck to over turn. After the windshield of her car is shot, a woman punches out the glass and continues driving.
 A building explodes and we understand that several people inside were killed and many others were injured; we see a woman standing in a room where there are 8 coffins draped with flags. An explosive blows a hole in the ceiling of a tunnel and a subway train falls through the opening as a man runs to get out of its way. Three people rig a house with explosives and booby traps.
 A man and a woman with their hands bound are walked through a deserted street and the man is then shown tied in a chair where another man speaks to him in a threatening manner. A man takes target practice and we see his hand shake as he shoots many holes in a paper target.
 A man yells at another man. A woman tells another woman taking aim at a man to "Take the bloody shot." A man says he was "enjoying death." A man asks another man, "Why not stay dead?" A man says that new offices "Would be nice if it weren't for the rats." A man talks to another man about trapping rats in a barrel and he says that if they were left there long enough they would eat each other. A woman asks a man, "When did they die?" and we understand that she is referring to his parents. A man says, "Make sure that Bond is dead." A woman writes an obituary for a man who is suspected to be dead. We hear that a boy hid in a secret passage for two days.
 A man drinks a shot of alcohol in a bar while holding a scorpion on the back of his hand (it appears to be a contest); after drinking the shot, he dumps the scorpion on the counter and slams the glass on top of it.
 We see scars on a man's shoulder. A woman is shown with a bloody wound on her hip. A man has a physical test and we see him with a mask over his face and wires attached to his chest. A man moans when he moves his shoulder and we see healed scars on his shoulder and chest.
 During the opening credits we see a man represented as a target and then see the target on fire; a woman also points a gun toward the audience; we also see an unconscious man floating in water and being pulled into swirling holes in sand. A computer screen shows a woman's face morphing into a skull and then the skull is shown burning.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word (a man shoves people out of the way while running and utters what could be 2 F-words, but it was difficult to discern clearly), 1 sexual reference, 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 7 mild obscenities, exclamations (bloody, ghost, random killing machine, old dog, sadistic, traditional), name-calling (idiot), 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a pill (it looks like a prescribed medication); A man is said to have an alcohol and chemical addiction, a man pours a woman a drink and she holds it but does not drink from it, a man drinks a beer, people drink alcohol in a beach bar, a man drinks shots in a bar, a man drinks alcohol from a glass and holds the partially filled bottle in the other hand, several people are poured and handed drinks (we do not see anyone drink), people are shown drinking alcohol at a casino bar, and two men drink shots of alcohol. A woman smokes a cigarette in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Secret missions, retirement, dignity, betrayal, sins, aging, terrorism, cyber terror, judgment calls, sentiment, fear, sex trade, uranium, terrorism, control, alcohol and chemical addiction, regret, pride, torture, national security, orphans, kidnapping, security breeches, resurrection, espionage, enemies.

MESSAGE - New doesn't always mean better.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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