Prodigal Son Echoes to Be Found in We Own the Night
- Thursday, February 14, 2008
- Commentary with writer and director James Gray
- Tension: Creating We Own the Night
- Police Action: Filming cops, cars and chaos
- A Moment in Crime: Creating Late ’80s Brooklyn
- Drugs/Alcohol: The film’s theme is drug dealing, so drug use (including its importing, manufacturing and distribution) play a prominent role throughout film. In numerous scenes, characters snort cocaine, smoke marijuana and become intoxicated. Significant portrayal of alcohol use and cigarette smoking as well.
- Language/Profanity: Repeated profanities and obscenities throughout film, many of which are strong.
- Sexual Content/Nudity: Extremely graphic sexual situations in several scenes, including couple groping one another in bed; nude strippers (above the waist); and a few sexual references. Female character is typically scantily clad and often acts suggestively.
- Violence: Extremely intense and emotional portrayals of mafia-style violence throughout film, especially shooting, stabbing and blood. A son watches his father brutally assassinated; a man slits his own throat and lies bleeding on floor; a police officer is shot at point blank range; hospital scenes with critically wounded people; a SWAT team raids an apartment and many people are killed, with graphic shooting, stabbing, fighting and bleeding; intense chase scene where numerous people are attacked and killed; in a warehouse shoot-out many characters are killed; police stalk criminals in a field, where some are shot and killed. When no violence is onscreen, there is often the ominous threat of same.
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