What You Need To Know:
(H, B, LL, S, VV) Humanistic worldview which inadvertently emphasizes some biblical principles; 10 obscenities & 2 profanities; implied adultery with unmarried couple in bed but nothing shown; and, extreme, bloody violence in up-close shootings.
The haunting Italian film FLIGHT OF THE INNOCENT becomes a metaphor for twentieth-century man as ten-year-old Vito flees for his life from unknown and unnamed terrors. Scarcely speaking throughout the movie, Vito has seen his entire family and another young boy massacred. Following this tragedy, Vito flees from his attackers, running down endless streets and in and out of small hiding places. At various times, he goes to the police, then to the deceased boy’s parents. Both times, he is discovered, and again, forced to flee. One of his attackers, a scar-faced man, tells him after he captures him: “Not even God can save you now!” His bravery and courage are stunning as he confronts his attackers.
Breathtaking in its evocation of an atmosphere close to chilling, the film deserves much praise. The movie’s emphasis on a child alone in the world who must live by his wits and intuition has been achieved in a remarkable way. The film contains breathtaking atmosphere, commendable camera work, excellent acting by Manuel Colao (who plays Vito), and an overall evocation of its theme of a child facing the world alone. Regrettably, the film contains some foul language, implied adultery with an unmarried couple in bed (although nothing is shown), and extreme, bloody violence in up-close shootings.