CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship.
|nudity||In two scenes a woman is seen in bed wrapped in a sheet - apparently following a night with a man who is in the room - no nudity or sexual activity are seen.|
|violence||A man is tied to a chair and punched hard in the face; he has a very bloody and swollen face (we see this scene several times). A suicide bomber drives his truck into the lobby of a hotel, while being shot at; the truck explodes and the building crumbles, and we hear that there were 74 casualties and see one man dragged from the rubble with a missing arm and he's covered with blood. We see a man with a gun pointed to his temple a couple of times and one time the trigger is pulled and he falls over. A man touches an electrical outlet and is shocked badly; he falls limp and unconscious and is presumed dead. A sniper shoots a man three times as a helicopter opens fire on him and his associate (one man is hit in the leg). Helicopters with armed soldiers land in a prison yard and begin firing at guards. We see photographs of a dead woman with blood streaming from her nose and mouth into a puddle, and we see photographs of a dead man and woman who died from chemical poisoning. Armed soldiers drag a bloody-faced man out of a cell, and armed men drag a man out of a van with lots of yelling and threats. Many men are injected in the arm, and we see a few field hospital scenes with bloody and wounded people: a boy with a bloody bullet hole in his shoulder, a man with a missing arm is covered by a blood covered sheet, and a girl with a bloody leg wound. There is a fight between two men and one is slammed onto the hood of a car. Two men put a bag over a woman's head and drag her into a van. Two men run through streets dodging gunfire, and fires blaze in bombed-out cars. A helicopter is shot down and crashes with a large explosion and fire ball, and a tank explodes. An explosive charge is set to open a cell door, and another cell door is opened in the same way. A stretcher carrying a man covered by a blanket is wheeled to an ambulance. There is a reference to a building having been bombed; several innocent people were killed. A comment is made about a man having "taken a mortar in the teeth" and died. There are several discussions about a man having been scheduled for execution, a reference to a man having been executed, and a reference to a woman having been beaten to death. Two men talk about taking a life. A man drives recklessly through city streets, and another man drives recklessly, speeding, backing into another car and slamming into a street market. A woman yells at two armed men who root through her car, a man yells at a man, drags him out of a car and leaves him on a street, and a woman yells at a man in a restaurant. A man vomits loudly and we see some of the spray going into a toilet. We see a man with a scabbed and scarred face and blackened teeth, and a man has a long scar down his cheek. A man walks through a dark prison with his gun drawn. From kidsinmind.com|
|profanity||16 'f' words, 9 misuses of Jesus' name, 6 misuses "God" in some configuration, and 11 other swear words. Other objectionable language includes 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, and 1 derogatory term for Asians.|
|alcohol||Cigarettes are mentioned and smoked in a few scenes. Characters drink alcohol in a few scenes.|
|frightening||The torture and beating scenes are rather graphic and hard to watch. There is also an explosion where people have obviously died, and much of the action is very intense and/or suspenseful.|