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MONKEY MAN

"Too Much Transgender Hindu Monkey Business"

What You Need To Know:

MONKEY MAN is an R-rated action thriller set in India. British actor Dev Patel, who also co-wrote the screenplay and directs, stars as Kid, an anonymous young man who makes a meager living at an underground fight club. Kid throws his fights, and the more serious his injuries seem, the more money he makes. Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite and kill the policeman, now the Chief of Police, who murdered his beloved mother when Kid was a boy.

MONKEY MAN is well-produced, with solid acting, but the action scenes are shot in a claustrophobic, off-putting manner, and the movie is confusing. The movie is getting some early comparisons to the John Wick movies, but the action scenes here are in no way comparable. The movie is also too heavy on the revenge side of things. In addition, it has a politically correct, woke ideology pushing the Marxist meme of “oppressor and oppressed.” Within that, MONKEY MAN promotes some Hindu mysticism about a transgender, androgynous Hindu cult. It also has many gratuitous “f” words.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong, somewhat mixed pagan worldview with very strong references to Hindu gods and Hindu stories about the Monkey God Hanuman, with very strong politically correct, woke elements supporting Marxist, humanist theories about the oppressed and their oppressors, with a very strong homosexual/transgender story element when a Hindu transgender cult helps the wounded hero recover from his wounds and he decides he’s not only fighting to get revenge for his mother’s murder but he’s also fighting to avenge the poor and oppressed communities like the transgender cult whom the villains have oppressed for years, plus in one scene some people boo when an announcer acknowledges the Christians in a crowded room after he acknowledged Hindus and Muslims in the crowd, and flashbacks several times show the hero as a young boy praying to and worshipping “god” (his prayers sound somewhat Christian, but Jesus is never mentioned and later the hero seems to accept Hindu deities, so the movie lacks an overt explanation about these prayers;

Foul Language:
At least 85 obscenities (about 40 or so “f” words), and one OMG profanity;

Violence:
Some very strong and lots of strong intense violence includes people shot and stabbed, lots of fighting (including boxing and martial arts) throughout, there are some blood sprays across maharajah paintings at a fancy club/brothel in India, hero’s female love interest’s face is sprayed by some blood when she kills the woman running the club, restaurant, brothel, a big car chase in the middle of the movie, the hero uses a little rickshaw car owned by a friend, and the car eventually crashes;

Sex:
Briefly depicted fornication between a man and a woman when a man runs through a low-class brothel trying to escape from police (the chief of police killed the man’s mother when he was a boy and stole her and her community’s land for a wealthy political cabal led by a power-hungry guru), and there’s a fancy brothel, nightclub and hotel in the movie where wealthy men can be with beautiful escorts/prostitutes and then go to a hotel room (the hero is attracted to one of the young women, and she to him, and gets upset at how rudely her wealthy “date” is treating her in the nightclub/restaurant);

Nudity:
Partial rear female nudity in two scenes at a club where young women are dancing and a flash of female and male nudity in a brothel as a man is trying to escape from police;

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use in a bar, restaurant and private club/fancy brothel for the wealthy and powerful;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Smoking and at least two instances of snorting cocaine; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
The villains are a greedy political cabal that steals land from poor citizens and takes advantage of the allegedly “powerless” too and some people helping the hero fight the bad guys wear scary Kali-like Hindu masks.

More Detail:

MONKEY MAN is an R-rated action thriller set in India about a young man from a rural community who takes revenge against the police officer from a fictional big city who raided his village and killed his mother and serves the nearby wealthy urban elite who systemically victimize the poor and powerless. MONKEY MAN is well-produced, with solid acting, but the action scenes are shot in a claustrophobic, off-putting manner, the dialogue contains many “f” words, and the story turns out to have a woke Marxist, transgender agenda with false Hindu theology.

British actor Dev Patel, who also co-wrote the screenplay and directs, stars as Kid, an anonymous young man who makes a meager living at an underground fight club by fighting in a gorilla mask and throwing fights. The more injuries he suffers, the more money he makes. Kid is haunted by memories of his beloved mother, who told him stories about the Hindu monkey deity, Hanuman, who was punished by the other gods for trying to capture the sun, which he thought was a juicy mango. (Editor’s Note: Eventually, Hanuman the Monkey God helps Rama, an incarnation or avatar of the supreme being, Vishnu, find Rama’s wife, who’s been kidnapped by the Demon King Ravana.)

One day, the evil people running the fictional city of Yatana send the police to destroy Kid’s village and take the people’s land. In the process, a police officer, Rana, kills Kid’s mother.

Years later, as Kid throws his fights at the underground fight club, he finds a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite and kill Rana, who’s now the Chief of Police. He gets hired as a dishwasher at the fancy brothel with a high-class restaurant, private club and hotel. Then, he quickly works his way up as a fancy waiter in the private club.

Kid sneaks a gun into the private club and tries to kill Rana in the men’s room, but another man comes out of one of the stalls and interrupts them. A brutal fight ensues, wounding both Rana and Kid, who has to escape as men come to bust down the restroom door. Kid also has to evade uniformed cops, which finally arrive at the fancy club.

A big chase scene with the police ensues. During the chase, Kid gets shot in the right shoulder and the stomach and falls into a river running through the city. He wakes up in a local transgender/androgynous Hindu cult called the hijras, known as the “third gender” in Hindu culture. The cult is led by a male guru named Alpha, who points to an androgynous statue of a male/female god.

Inspired by the guru, Kid decides he’s not only fighting to get revenge on the people who destroyed his village and murdered. He’s also fighting to avenge but the poor and oppressed communities like the transgender cult whom the villains have oppressed for years.

However, if he’s going to take another shot at Rana and his cohorts, Kid will have to do some training.

MONKEY MAN is well-produced, with solid acting, but the action scenes are shot in a claustrophobic, off-putting manner. The movie is getting some early comparisons to the John Wick movies, but the action scenes overall are in no way comparable. The movie is also too heavy on the revenge side of things.

In addition, MONKEY MAN’s take on its villains smacks of a politically correct, woke ideology pushing the Marxist meme of “oppressor and oppressed.” Within that meme, MONKEY MAN promotes some Hindu mysticism about a transgender, androgynous Hindu cult that, apparently, has a long tradition in India and South Asia. The cult in the movie seems more androgynous than transgender, but Director Dev Patel appears to be interested in taking advantage of the deceitful transgender fad that’s infecting today’s politics, not to mention global society.

MONKEY MAN also has many gratuitous “f” words. These obscenities add nothing to the movie and actually detract from its enjoyment. In addition, the movie has brief nudity and at least two images of people snorting cocaine or some other powdery drug. Finally, the action violence is sometimes very strong, but it’s not ultraviolent and/or super gory.

MONKEY MAN is an abhorrent movie that will turn off the vast majority of action fans, most of whom are males who dislike the woke LGBT, feminist memes that filmmakers and performers like Dev Patel are constantly pushing these days.