Spectre | 2015 | PG-13 | - 5.6.3
James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes rogue when he suspects that a secret organization called Spectre is behind most of the turmoil in the world. Headed by a mysterious criminal mastermind (Christoph Waltz), Spectre may have even infiltrated the world's intelligence services. Also with Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear and Jesper Christensen. Directed by Sam Mendes. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in foreign languages with subtitles. [2:28]
- A man and a woman speak while standing very close together, the man presses the woman's back against a mirror, he kisses her cheek and neck, he unzips her dress and pulls it off her shoulders (we see her bare back and shoulders and upper chest) and they kiss passionately (sex is implied); we see the woman in bed later and wearing a corset and stockings (cleavage and bare upper thighs are seen) and she asks the man not to go. A man and a woman kiss passionately as they begin to undress each other (no nudity is shown; sex is implied). A man and a woman kiss.
► During a music video preceding the film we see a man unzip the back of a woman's dress and her bare back is revealed as they kiss passionately and a man caresses another woman's face and hair. A man and a woman walk into an elevator, the woman whispers something in the man's ear and they exit the elevator, go into a hotel room and take off their masks and kiss, and then the woman climbs onto a bed and the man leaves. A bare-chested man is featured in the introductory music montage and we see his bare chest and abdomen as several women caress his chest and shoulders; a man and a woman kiss and an octopus tentacle wraps around a nude woman's body (we see the lower part of her breasts, her abdomen and side of her thigh); several seemingly nude women dance with wisps of smoke covering their breasts and their crotch area is in shadow (bare shoulders, abdomens and legs to the hip are seen). A woman wearing a camisole and lingerie pants speaks to a man in her bed while on the phone with another man (we see her bare upper chest and legs to the upper thighs). A woman wears a form-fitting dress and a man admires her; she tells him that he should not stare and he tells her she shouldn't look that good.
► Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage while marching in a parade. Part of a man's bare chest is seen when his robe gapes a bit. A woman wearing a slip lies in a bed asleep and we see cleavage, her bare back, shoulders and legs below the knee.
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- A man slams another man's head onto a table, grabs him by the head and presses his thumbs into his eyes (we see the man's metal fingernails) and blood is shown, then he twists the man's head breaking his neck and he falls off-screen. A man points a gun at another man, then places it on the table and the second man picks it up and points it at the first man, then shoots himself under the chin (we see his head tip back and blood on his open mouth, chin and down his shirt); we later see two large black birds perched on the dead man's shoulders (no pecking is shown). A man is clamped into a medical chair where his head is held in a metal ring and whirring drills press into his head (he screams and goes tense and we see blood on the drill bits when they are removed).
► Two men fight in a train car and one man shoots his gun into the ceiling, he is thrown into walls several times as they continue to fight, a woman strikes one man in the head with a heavy object and he hits her hard in the head (she is thrown into a wall and falls to the floor) and the woman then shoots one man in the arm and the other man wraps a rope around his neck, and attaches it to several barrels that fall out the open door of the train car pulling the man with them. A man with a bloody head wound stumbles out of a building that has collapsed and another man chases him through a crowded parade route; a helicopter lands in a square and the wounded man boards followed by the other man and they fight as the helicopter lifts off and the one man struggles with the pilot and then the other man causing the helicopter to swoop very near a large crowd in the square; one man is kicked out of the helicopter (we do not see the result) and the pilot is subdued. A man punches another man and throws him over a balcony (we see the man land on a large table below, presumably dead and no blood is shown).
► A man shoots two men and breaks his restraints. Two men struggle over a gun and it discharges twice (no injuries); one of the men falls over a ledge and we see him many stories down on the ground dead (no blood is seen).
► A man climbs out a hotel room window and walks along a ledge then across rooftops until he stops across from the window of a building where several men meet; the man shoots into the room hitting at least three men (no blood is shown) and the building explodes, begins to crumble and the façade falls toward the man with the gun who runs and slides down a collapsed wall landing in an upholstered chair unharmed. An explosive device blows a man out of his chair (we see some blood splatter in the floor). A helicopter is shot out of the sky and it crashes; we see flames as a man from inside the helicopter pulls himself free and crawls away (we see the that he has a bloody leg wound).
► Two men follow a woman outside her home and raise their guns toward her before they are each shot and killed by another man (we see no blood and the woman is unharmed). A woman turns away from a screen where she sees her father holding a gun and when she hears a gunshot she realizes that he has shot himself and she flinches.
► A man takes a woman away in a vehicle and another man flies a plane next to them, shoots at them and the man in the car shoots back; the plane veers away, then bares down on the car as the man in it shoots at the plane and the car swerves causing another car to crash and erupt in flames; the plane then flies between trees tearing its wings off, it then crashes through a barn and into a car sending the passenger through the windshield (we see some blood on the hood and the windshield) and the pilot of the plane shoots the driver of the car (no blood). A man and a woman run away from a compound and they are shot at; flames are seen before the man running away shoots several men and a main that causes the entire compound to explode.
► A man runs through a building and is shot at by several other men, he jumps out a window and speeds away in his car as the other men continue to shoot at him; he is chased by other men in cars and when he is trapped in an alley behind a slow vehicle he pushes it from behind until he can get away; the slow vehicle bumps into a pole and its air bag deploys (the driver is not harmed). Three men in a car are T-boned and one man is taken to a truck, a bag is placed on his head and his hands are bound; the two other men in the car get away and we see one with blood on his head.
► Two men in cars speed down flights of stairs next to a river and drive along the bank, they speed up the embankment to avoid debris, one man spews flames from the back of his car and the car following catches fire briefly before one man ejects from the car and the car jumps into the river and sinks (no one is harmed).
► A man with a gun finds a cabin, enters it and is startled when birds fly toward him; he finds a hidden room where a man is sitting and has an IV line in his arm (we understand that he is terminally ill). A man with a gun threatens a man lying on the ground, then walks away and throws the gun in a river.
► A man is struck in the leg with a baton and he falls to the floor. A man punches another man in the stomach and he falls to his knees. A woman slaps a man in the face and they talk about him being responsible for the death of her husband (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man is struck in the head with a gun butt and he falls unconscious.
► We hear about bombings in Tunisia, Cape Town and Hamburg. A man overhears a conversation where another man asks, "When do we blow the stadium?" A man talks about another man causing and international incident. A man tells a woman that her life expectancy is very short. Discussions around a table suggest that the people gathered are involved in drug and human trafficking. We hear that a father and son were feared dead in an avalanche. A man who appears ill says, "There is thallium in my cell phone," and "I don't have much time." A man asks another man, "Have you ever had to kill a man?" A man tells a doctor in an interview, "I kill people." A woman tells a man, "You come anywhere near me and I'll kill you." A woman tells a man that she learned to use a gun when she was young and man came to her house to kill her father. A man tells another man, "All the women in your life end up dead." A man tells another man, "I'm the author of all your pain." A man talks about another man having been, "deprived of his eyes." A man talks about having killed his own father.
► A man's arm is clamped into a chair and he is injected with nano-chips (he groans in pain) and we see images of blood and chips moving through his bloodstream. A man picks a woman up and they jump from a ledge landing in a net and climbing out to safety.
► Many explosives detonate in a building and we see it crumble and break apart in clouds of dust and debris. A man ransacks a hotel room and finds a secret room. A man points a gun at a mouse that runs into a hole in a wall. A man breaks down a wall and finds a hidden room. A man convinces a woman to pick up a gun; she does and unloads it.
► Many people dressed in black are gathered at a man's funeral. A Day of the Dead parade takes place and we see several large parade floats with man-made skeletons on them and people dressed in costumes and masks that have skeletons and skulls on them. A man with a gun shoots toward the screen and a film of red (signifying blood) streams don the screen. A man is shown with a deep gash that runs from his forehead, across his eye and down his cheek and his eye is milky (we see him in several scenes).
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- 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (cocky bastard, moronic, careless), 3 religious exclamations (Jesus, Christ, Good God).
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- A man prepares a hypodermic needle and will presumably inject a woman with a sedative but she gets the needle away and might have injected the man with it (it's not clear). Two men drink shots of alcohol to finalize a deal and one of the men smokes a cigarette, a bottle of alcohol is seen on a table and a man asks a woman if she'd like a drink (she declines), a man drinks from a glass of alcohol in his apartment, a woman pours a drink and drinks from the glass as she walks through her home and outside to a poolside, a man drinks from a bottle, a woman drinks a glass of wine and appears inebriated, a man drinks a glass of wine, a man and a woman drink martinis on a train, and a man pours two glasses of champagne (he drinks from one glass). A man smokes a cigarette outside, and a giant skeleton on a parade float is shown with a glowing cigar in its teeth.
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- Government spy programs, trust, secrets, instinct, weaknesses, obsolescence, new world order, intelligence, death of a loved one, divorce, chaos, democracy, abandonment, death of parents, life expectancy.
- A license to kill is also a license not to kill. Total surveillance should be suspect.
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