Don’t let your family get caught in the crossfire.
Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kalaan Walker, Rachel Hilson, Issac Ryan Brown, Callan Farris, Serenity Reign Brown
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
|Screenplay||Deniz Gamze Ergüven|
|Music||Nick Cave, Warren Ellis|
|Editing||Mathilde Van de Moortel|
|Produced by||Maven Pictures, CG Cinéma, Bliss Media|
|Language||Frequent, strong impact use of crude language.|
|Nudity||Infrequent, mild impact nudity in both sexual and non-sexual contexts.|
|Violence||Frequent, strong impact, physical and emotional violence e.g. police brutality, unrest, shooting, rioting, vandalism, looting of stores, damaging police vehicles with bloodletting.|
|Prejudice||Frequent, moderate impact prejudice e.g. racial intolerance and discrimination is central to the storyline.|
|Drug abuse||None (sic)|
|Comments||The Movie, KINGS, follows the story of the brutal murder of African American student, Rodney King who was assaulted and battered to death with batons by white policemen in a case of police brutality that happened in the Lower East Side of LA back in the early 1990's. Riots and civil unrest erupts in the small town, when the four policemen are acquitted of all charges sparking the violent protests, looting, vandalism and further acts of police brutality and racial intolerance in this small town. THEMES are complex and mature themes of moral degeneration, under-age drinking, juvenile delinquency, family, love, friendship, relationships, shoplifting, poverty, foster care, survival, life in the hood (Ghetto), being falsely accused, dysfunctional families, racial tensions, injustice towards Black people, neighbourly love, unrest, rioting, disorderly conduct, racial intolerance, police brutality, compassion, community, foster care, social awareness and providing a home for the homeless. There is a sustained sense of threat and menace due to dark themes highlighting realistic issues of racial prejudice and social injustice. Themes are likely to cause psychological, emotional and moral harm and content would be disturbing, distressing, upsetting and confusing for children under 16 years as there are no positive resolutions or reconciliation, the movie ends with Millie realizing that one of the children she cared for, had died in the riots and mourning his death.|
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|Suggested age limit
||Positive role models
||Drinking, drugs, smoking
What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
David Rooney Big stars can't save this muddled movie.
Ilan Preskovsky It's never all that pleasurable to slate the work of someone who is clearly throwing their all into their art (unlike cynical garbage like the latest Transformers or Adam Sandler movie) but there's just no getting past it: even by the standards of Halle Berry's awful filmography over the past couple of decades, Kings is a very, very bad film that doesn't come within a thousand leagues of doing justice to the real-life events its trying to depict.
Tomatometer Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don’t amount to much more than a missed opportunity.
Sandie Angulo Chen Uneven LA riots drama has violence, sex, and language.
What the People say
|The Movie DB|
Average .. 32%