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BLACK WIDOW (2021)

"Correcting the Past"

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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Language
Violence
Sex
Nudity

What You Need To Know:

BLACK WIDOW, Marvel and Disney’s new superhero movie, opens on her life years ago, when Natasha and her sister, Yelena, were taken from the world they know in Ohio and flown to Communist Cuba. They are put into “The Red Room,” a place where the Soviet Union brainwashes young girls and trains them to kill. Natasha eventually defects from the program, however. Years later, after the events in CAPTAIN AMERICA:  CIVIL WAR, Natasha and her sister get together and want to go back to rescue the other girls from the harm being done to them.

BLACK WIDOW is an action-packed movie with lots of spectacle. The movie starts out with a great introduction, showing communism brainwashing children and controlling them, but the plot is pretty basic for a movie spanning almost two and a half hours. BLACK WIDOW has a strong moral, anti-communist worldview that shows the evils of human trafficking and government mind control. There’s also some Christian, redemptive content, including a prayer and forgiveness. BLACK WIDOW has some intense action violence and foul language, however. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.

Content:

(BB, ACAC, CC, LL, VVV, N, A, MM):  

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
 Strong moral, anti-communist and anti-totalitarian worldview with strong Christian, redemptive elements opposes trafficking of women and tyrannical governmental control, a prayer is said, a character asks for forgiveness, characters are redeemed and become more moral because they want to be a family, character mentions she would have liked to have had children, and motherhood is seen as a good thing

Foul Language:
 13 obscenities and eight light profanities;

Violence:
 Lots of intense action violence, with some blood, but not really gory, includes woman stabbed and dies, woman stabs her leg and rips something out, lots of fighting and shooting, mother is wounded by a bullet, fist fighting, martial arts fighting, a bomb explodes, and a child is assumed to have died, an avalanche occurs, mentions of a hysterectomy and bad guys ripping out someone’s reproductive organs, woman is beaten by a man, woman hits her head into desk

Sex:
No sexual content

Nudity:
 Upper male nudity;

Alcohol Use:
 Some alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
 No smoking or drugs, but children are drugged; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
 Lying and deceit, and stealing, which is refuted but then done again.

More Detail:

In BLACK WIDOW, Natasha of The Avengers must find the man who headed the Soviet brainwashing program that stripped away her world years ago and free the other women affected by the man’s evil trafficking ring. BACK WIDOW is action packed, with lots of jeopardy and a strong moral worldview containing Christian, anti-communist elements, but the violence is a little too much.

The movie opens in the past when Natasha’s parents whisk her and her sister, Yelena, away from their home in Ohio. Soon, they are being cashed by the police and SWAT teams. They race into a plane and fly away to Communist Cuba. There, they are separated from each other. Natasha and Yelena, are in pain seeing their family taken from them. The place where they’re taken is called the Red Room. Along with many other girls, they are brainwashed and trained to kill for the Soviet Union.

Years later, Natasha has gotten away from her Soviet handlers and is living in the United States. She receives a message from her sister, in the form of some red vials and a picture from a photo booth of them as a child. She decides to try to find Yelena and heads to Budapest.

Natasha finds her sister in an apartment, and the two immediately start fist fighting. When they decide to stop, they realize they are both on the same page and want to find Dreykov, the man who headed the Soviet brainwashing program, and help the other woman, called black widows, who were taken into the Russian brainwashing program. It’s not an easy mission, but they do have the red vials, which when activated, stop the brainwashing and reveal the truth. They hope they have enough vials to save the women.

Yelena thinks the best path is to first find their “parents,” who they now know were Russian spies, to lead them to Dreykov.

BLACK WIDOW is an action-packed superhero movie with lots of spectacle. The movie starts out with a great introduction, showing communists brainwashing children and controlling them, but the plot is pretty basic for a movie spanning almost two and a half hours. There is hardly a stop in action, fighting, car chasing, and spectacle. Perhaps, if they had developed the characters a little more and the plot, then the movie would have been filled with more depth. That said, the movie does have many exciting scenes and lots of jeopardy.

BLACK WIDOW has a strong moral, anti-communist worldview that shows the evils of human trafficking and government mind control. From the very beginning, the movie’s story shows the harm of these evils. In fact, the entire plot is based on trying to stop this villainy and allow people to have free will. One character, however, thinks she has to do an evil in order to stop evil, but this is rebuked, and she asks for forgiveness. Also, one scene contains a prayer. The intense action violence in BLACK WIDOW does have some bloody moments that lead to death. Also, the movie has 13 obscenities and eight light profanities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.