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Sputnik | 2020 | NR | – 4.8.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Sputnik” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a shower scene with partial nudity, many scenes of encounters with an alien lifeform that kills many people with very bloody results and moderate language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When two cosmonauts land in Kazakhstan in 1983 after their space mission, one is dead and the other (Pyotr Fyodorov) seems to have brought with him an extraterrestrial passenger. When a brilliant but non-conforming psychologist (Oksana Akinshina) is recruited to a secluded research facility to assess the cosmonaut, she discovers a rogue military plan to weaponize the alien creature. Also with Fedor Bondarchuk, Anton Vasilev and Aleksey Demidov. Directed by Egor Abramenko. In Russian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:53]

Sputnik SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman showers and we see the side of her bare breast and bare shoulders.
 A man touches a woman’s face tenderly. A man tells a woman, “I like your pretty face.” A man tries to force a woman away and she embraces him tightly.


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Sputnik VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – A creature slithers along the ground and into a cage where a man with a cloth over his mouth and hands tied lies watching; the creature moves toward him and pounces on his head tearing it off (we see blood spray and the head separates) and a woman watches through night-vision binoculars and vomits (we see goo). A creature enters a cage where two men lie bound and gagged, a woman enters the cage and sings to the creature calming it until one of the prisoners tries to get away and the creature pounces on him ripping his head off (we see blood spurt). A creature is shown lifeless in a crate and it begins to move, lunging onto three guards and killing them with a lot of blood splatter; it then attacks another man and we see part of his head torn away to expose his brain as he falls dead. A woman puts on a protective suit and enters a containment room where a creature is moving through the room; she moves toward it and reaches to touch it when she slips and the creature attacks her biting her leg and screeching (we see blood on her leg and a trail of blood is left outside the room when she is pulled away). A man investigates a space capsule after it has set down and finds one astronaut dead with his helmet broken open and part of his head and brain missing (we see blood and the exposed brain); the other astronaut stumbles out of the capsule and we see him with blood in and around his mouth and on his head, he vomits (we see goo or blood) and his eyes appear to be completely black.
 A man injects himself with something that provokes a creature to come out of his mouth and it slithers toward armed guards; it walks toward them and displays sharp teeth before screeching and attacking them. A man twitches in his bed and seems to be thrown to the floor where he heaves and we watch a large creature slither out of his mouth (as if he is vomiting it); the creature slithers along the floor leaving a trail of goo and a woman watches it through a glass wall until it rises up and lunges at her causing her to startle and fall to the floor (there is no contact). A creature slithers into a man’s mouth and body as the man twitches and gags (we hear squishing sounds).
 A man shoots at a creature and we see the man later with part of his arm missing as he ties a tourniquet around it to stop the bleeding. A man breaks into another man’s office and confronts him about what he was doing; he shoots the man off-screen. A man shoots himself in the chest (we see blood splattered behind him and pooling on the ground). Men with guns open fire on a man and a woman, and the woman seems to have been struck in the shoulder (we see some blood). A woman drives a vehicle as armed guards shoot at her. A woman threatens a man with a gun as he walks toward her; he grabs her arm and squeezes where she has a bullet wound. A man vomits blood (we see goo) and appears to be getting weak. A woman injects a man in the neck with a sedative and he falls to the floor. A man seems to be getting weak and sick and we see his skin turning gray.
 We hear something thumping around the outside of a space capsule and see a glimpse of something moving across a window; the two astronauts inside the capsule look at the access hatch as the opening mechanism seems to move and the scene ends. A space capsule jolts and lights flash briefly until the astronauts regain control.
 A child climbs onto a stool to reach a box and falls to the floor; when a woman tries to take the box away, the child scratches or bites her and she says that the child drew blood. A man grabs a woman threateningly. A woman jogs at night and bumps into a man who helps her up but won’t let go of her hand until another man intervenes.
 A woman argues with a man about feeding people to a creature. A man talks about ordering a man to be destroyed. A man orders guards to “terminate” a woman. A woman is reprimanded for her treatment of a patient that suffered from seizures and we hear that she held him underwater for a period of time. A man talks about how a creature comes out of his body at night and then goes back in. A woman asks if it has been considered that an astronaut has lost his mind. A woman accuses a man of doctoring a video. A man is questioned by a doctor to evaluate his condition and the doctor tries to hypnotize him; the astronaut says that he saw something huge, like a whale, while in space. A man threatens to go on a hunger strike. A man says that another man almost makes him want to kill himself. Two astronauts in a capsule talk about leaving a space station and going back to Earth; one talks about what he will do when he gets back home. We hear that a woman died leaving her young child with no one to care for him and that he was placed in an orphanage. A man tells a woman that a prisoner had raped and killed a 12-year-old child. A woman tells a man, “Be a man.” A woman says that a man had cancer. A child is referred to as a boy in several scenes and the child corrects a woman once saying, “I’m not a boy.”
 We see several dead bodies and spent cartridges on the ground after an attack, dead bodies covered with plastic in a cold room (blood is seen on the plastic), and an unconscious man in a clinic with a gaping wound on his head and face. We see a body covered with a blanket pushed on a gurney through a high-security facility. We see X-rays of bodies. A woman is shown with a long scar down her back. A man is shown having blood drawn and we see the blood fill a collection tube. We see a child in a wheelchair in an orphanage in several scenes. People discuss hormones generated when people are afraid and refer to the production of cortisol. A man causes himself to vomit up a pill (we see him take the pill out of his mouth). A man puts a sedative in a cup of tea that a woman drinks and falls asleep.


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Sputnik LANGUAGE 2

 – 1 scatological term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (stinker, despicable, insane, murderer, crazy, monster, coward, animal, nutcase, invalid), exclamations (stop), 2 religious exclamations (God, God Loves Everyone). | profanity glossary |


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Sputnik SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman takes an unidentified pill, a man drugs a woman’s tea and she falls asleep, a woman injects a man in the neck with a sedative, a man injects himself with a hormone, and a man takes pills several times (presumably to make him sleep).


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Sputnik DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Space flight, extraterrestrial beings, symbiotic relationships, parasitic relationships, self-sacrifice, scientific advancements, orphanages, child abandonment, negligence, guilt, neuropsychiatry, episodic amnesia, reputation, heroes.

Sputnik MESSAGE

 – Defiance toward authority is often a moral imperative.

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