FILM TITLE: BEIRUT
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 D L P V
DISTRIBUTOR: EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTOR: BRAD ANDERSON
MAIN CAST: ROSAMUND PIKE, JON HAMM, DEAN NORRIS
LANGUAGE: STRONG, FREQUENT, JUSTIFIED BY CONTEXT OF TERSE WAR SITUATIONS.
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: LOW, THEMATIC. WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR WHICH WAS FOUGHT BETWEEN TWO BROAD RELIGIOUS CULTURES. CHRISTIAN/JEWISH ON ONE SIDE AND MUSLIM ON THE OTHER.
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: STRONG, FAIRLY FREQUENT, BLOOD SPATTER.
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: THIS DRAMA HAS COMPLEX AND MATURE THEMES THAT ARE REALISTICALLY EXPLORED WITHIN THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF WAR TORN BEIRUT DURING THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR, A WAR THAT WAS FOUGHT BETWEEN THE CHRISTIAN/JEWISH PARTIES AND MUSLIM PARTIES. THEMES INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL HOSTAGE NEGOTIATIONS, TERRORISM, BETRAYAL AND DOUBLE CROSSING, WITH KIDNAPPING, MURDER, POLITICS AND A DIPLOMATIC WITH ALCOHOLISM BEING USED FOR HIS SKILLS AS NEGOTIATOR.
THE DIFFERENT AGENDAS BEING PURSUED BY THE VARIOUS PARTIES OFTEN FOR THEIR OWN GAIN, TOGETHER WITH THE MOVEMENT ACROSS TIME ZONES IN FLASHBACK, WILL RESULT IN CONFUSION BY CHILDREN BELOW THE AGE O 13 YEARS WHO ARE NOT CONGINITIVELY MATURE ENOUGH TO COMPREHEND THE FULLER CONTEXT OF THIS STORY. THE SETTING AND STYLE OF THE STORY (A SENSE OF REALISM CREATED BY CAMERA MOVEMENT AND COLOUR) TOGETHER WITH THESE THEMES ADDS A MODERATE SENSE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THREAT AND MENACE WHICH IS EMPHASIZED BY THEME OF ABDUCTION AND BETRAYAL, THESE THEMES WILL BE PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARMFUL TO YOUNGER VIEWERS WHO WILL BE DISTURBED AND DISTRESSED. THE IMPACT IS MITIGATED BY THE EDUCATONAL VALUE THAT THIS SUBJECT PORTRAYS.