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LAND OF BAD

"Bloody, Excessive Special Ops Mission"

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What You Need To Know:

LAND OF BAD is a war movie about an American special operations unit sent to the Philippines to retrieve an intelligence asset. The unit is ambushed by the rebels who’ve captured the asset. Most of the American soldiers are killed. The operation must rely on the unit’s lone drone operator, Playboy. However, he’s taken prisoner twice and tortured. Still, Playboy battles through to save himself, the asset and two other soldiers. Eventually, the biggest threat to them is a bomb about to be dropped on them, by Playboy’s own order.

LAND OF BAD should have relied more on story than gratuitous violence and obscene language. With its star lineup for a cast, the movie could have been a winner. Russell Crowe gives an exceptional performance. The movie has some touching moments where characters sacrifice their lives to save others. It also has interesting dialogue about the morality of a war fought with technology. In addition, a character gives a positive comment about marriage. Sadly, LAND OF BAD has at least 145 obscenities and profanities and excessive bloody violence, including some torture scenes.

Content:

(BB, PP, C, LLL, VVV, N, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, patriotic worldview with redemptive content promotes loyalty, courage, sacrifice, and marriage (a main character says, “A wedding is probably the greatest social ritual humanity has. . . . The most important day of your life. You might as well get it right. You’re only gonna do it once”);

Foul Language:
At least 102 “f” words, 42 other obscenities, two profanities mentioning Jesus Christ, two obscene gestures, and other crude language;

Violence:
Excessive, gratuitous violence, which includes torture scenes, a beheading, a head is smashed in with a rock, stabbing, drowning, explosives, shootings, and executions with bullets to the head;

Sex:
No sex;

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in two scenes;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking, but a general downs Monster drinks to stay awake and in command; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Rage by the main character as he impales an enemy and smashes his head in with a rock.

More Detail:

LAND OF BAD is a war movie about a U.S. Army special ops mission to the Philippines, to retrieve an official intelligence asset. When rebels ambush the unit, the Americans operation must rely on a lone Air Force drone operator in the deadly 48-hour mission. There are some sacrificial moments and loyalty between the soldiers; however, the movie is wrought with gratuitous, bloody violence, torture, obscenity, and profanity. So, Movieguide gives this a hard pass for all audiences.

A seemingly unqualified Air Force drone operator, who goes by the name of Playboy, is enlisted on a special mission with Tier One U.S. Army Soldiers. The special operations unit has little confidence in Playboy’s experience or ability. Once landed, they head to the target area. Instead of recovering the asset, they are ambushed. Playboy battles his way through explosions and bullets, as he directs strategic bomb placements from Eddie “Reaper” Grimm, the drone commander back in Las Vegas.

Playboy believes himself to be the only survivor. Reaper guides him to an evacuation site. The two men bond over the air waves. Reaper requests to be kept in the control seat until the mission is complete. However, Playboy is captured, and Reaper loses Playboy’s location.

The unit’s Master Sargent, “Sugar,” surprises Playboy by turning up alive to rescue him from captivity. Sugar informs Playboy that a member of their unit was taken hostage during the ambush. They decide to rescue him at the rebel compound.

Playboy constructs a makeshift radio to contact Reaper to request strategically timed bombs to be dropped on the compound. They lose the signal, however. Also, Reaper is ordered to leave the drone command seat because he’s been on the mission for 18 hours straight.

Sugar and Playboy reach the rebel leaders. They engage in bloody hand-to hand combat. A grenade is thrown at them. The pair are taken captive and imprisoned in a cave. Sugar is badly injured. Playboy must battle through to save himself, Sugar, the asset, and the other captured soldier.

Eventually, the biggest threat to them is a bomb about to be dropped on the rebel compound, by Playboy’s own order.

LAND OF BAD should have relied more on its suspenseful story than gratuitous violence and obscene language. With its star lineup for a cast, the movie could have been a real winner. As the drone commander in Las Vegas, Russell Crowe gives an exceptional performance, however. The movie also has some touching moments where main characters sacrifice their lives to save others. There is also some interesting dialogue about the morality of a war fought with technology versus a war fought in hand-to-hand combat on the ground.

Finally, a main character gives a positive comment regarding marriage. He says, “A wedding is probably the greatest social ritual humanity has. . . . The most important day of your life. You might as well get it right. You’re only gonna do it once.”

It’s doubly sad, therefore, that LAND OF BAD has at least 145 obscenities and profanities and so many scenes of excessive bloody violence, including torture scenes. Such an excessive combination is unacceptable.


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