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Hyena [2015] [NR] - 9.10.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A police officer in a special vice unit finds himself caught between his higher-ups who seem out to get him and the Albanian and Turkish drug traffickers who don't like people meddling in their business. Also with Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, Elisa Lasowski, MyAnna Buring, Richard Dormer, Gordon Brown, Tony Pitts, Orli Shuka and Gjevat Kelmendi. Directed by Gerard Johnson. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A man is shown in a room looking at an unconscious and fully nude woman lying on a bed (we see her bare breasts, abdomen, crotch and legs), he unfastens his pants, removes all of his clothing (we see his bare chest, abdomen, erect penis and the side of his bare buttock), then climbs on top of her and rapes her; he thrusts, moans and climaxes as the woman lies motionless and unconscious.
 A topless woman sits on the lap of a man and he asks another man if he is interested; the second man goes with the woman to a private room where she dances for him (we see her bare breasts as she moves her body up and down on his lap), she removes her skirt and then her thong panties and we see her fully nude (bare breasts, buttocks, crotch, abdomen and legs are seen).
 A man leaves a room and a woman stands at the doorway while a man opens another door and sees a woman wearing a short negligee (cleavage, bare legs and shoulders are seen) sitting at the foot of a bed (prostitution suggested). Several women are seen in a club scene wearing skimpy underwear that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, abdomens, buttocks and legs; other women dance on a stage around poles and they are seen topless (bare breasts, abdomen, shoulders, and buttocks are seen). Two women dance suggestively in an apartment during a party and two men dance together (jokingly).
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A man is shown wearing a tank T-shirt and boxers as he leads a woman out of the room. Two shirtless men smear each other with ketchup and mustard.
 Two men play wrestle on the floor and one is seen mounted on the other's back as he thrusts his hips (it is not implied to be sexual).
 A man refers to two other men and says, "They look gay. They must be lovers." A man makes a comment during an argument with another man and says, "She was underage" (no further details are given).

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - A man stabs another man in the back, then repeatedly in the chest as he lays on a sofa and blood sprays on the walls and around the room; we also see blood pulsing out of his neck and throat as another man fights with a fourth man and gets away with a bloody head wound. Three men are shown bare-chested and covered with blood as they cut a dead body in a bathtub into pieces and we see a bloody, severed hand along with a blood-soaked foot as a man drags a saw across the ankle (we hear tearing and squishing). A man in the stockroom of a shop hears loud crashing in the shop and grabs a baseball bat as he moves toward the noise; two men enter the stockroom and one strikes the man with a machete (we hear a yell) and then strikes him repeatedly while he is on the floor (we hear crunching); we see the dead man on the floor covered with blood and one of his arms has been hacked off. A man is shot in the head after pleading for his life and blood sprays in the air; the killer then pounds on the victim's head with a tire iron (we hear the blows) and then douses his body and car with lighter fluid and sets in on fire. Two men break into an apartment and find a man's severed head in an aquarium (we see blood at the neck and smears of blood on the floor and walls).
 A man is shown in a room looking at an unconscious woman on a bed (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), he unfastens his pants and removes all his clothing, then climbs on top of her and rapes her.
 Four men put on police gear including protective vests, goggles and caps before entering a club, breaking bottles and glasses on a bar and using retractable batons to beat several men until they are motionless on the floor; they also headbutt men, strike men with a fire extinguisher and kick them when they are on the floor.
 A woman screams as a man pulls her by the hair and forces her into a room where he and another man pin her on a bed and inject her arm with something that causes her to fall unconscious. Two men force their way into a woman's apartment and one man holds the woman by the throat, and then holds a gun to her head.
 A man threatens a woman and squeezes her arm, then slices her arm with a knife and pours salt into the wound; we see the wound bleed as the woman yells in pain. A man grabs another man around the throat in a choke hold and squeezes until the man loses consciousness and falls to the floor (he gasps and regains consciousness later). A man head-butts another man, kicks a door open and finds a woman whom he helps into a car. Two men hit a man in the face and head. A man hits another man in the head and we then see the second man getting out of the trunk of a car.
 Police break into a shop and arrest a man; the man cries and struggles. Police kick a door open and arrest three men. Two men sell a woman to two other men on a street. When a man sees the body of another man who has been hacked to death with a machete, he hyperventilates and cries.
 Three men kick a door open and search the premises of a seemingly deserted apartment (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A man steals another man's laptop.
 We see a very large snake slithering around in an aquarium and a man taps on the glass (the snake does not react). Two men play wrestle on the floor and one is seen mounted on the other's back as he thrusts his hips. Three police officers joke around in their office and one shoots a fourth in the chest with a Nerf gun. A man throws a ball that hits another man in the face and he yells at him.
 A man enters his apartment and yells for people who are having a party there to leave. A man yells over the phone on a crowded bus and other passengers seem afraid. A woman yells at a man who hands her some money and she hits his hand away. A man accuses another man of spreading lies about their previous work together and the two men argue. A man is questioned by two other men. A man talks about a murder being an "ethnic killing" and that the police will not take it seriously. A police officer talks about fighting with a man for an hour before subduing him. A man talks about a murdered man and says, "He didn't deserve to be butchered." Police talk about human trafficking in the UK. A woman tells a man, "They will kill my family." A woman pleads with a man and says, "Please don't sell me," and he says, "We have to take a low price for you now." A man says, "If I talk to you, I'm dead." A woman talks about being forced to have sex with many men and if she refused, she was beaten. A man argues with his boss. A man talks about being set up for a murder. A man talks about having been bullied by another man.
 A man urinates in a urinal (we hear the trickle) when another man comes in and stands at the next urinal, tells the first man something and the first man turns to urinate on the man's leg (we see the stain). A man files his feet and toenails while a police officer questions him. A man is shown with a large scar on the side of his face.

PROFANITY 10 - About 85 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 9 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for Pakistanis, 2 derogatory terms for Arabs, 2 derogatory terms referring to non-Englishmen, name-calling (gypsy, jokers, scum, untouchable, stupid, nosey, naughty-naughty, filthy Arab, pig, feds, monkey, mess, the 5th Teletubby, bum chum), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious exclamations (Jesus). [The dialog, especially is fast paced and some of it is difficult to decipher due to heavy British accents]. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Four police officers snort cocaine off a bar in a bar, a man snorts cocaine before passing the drugs to another man and a woman tries to give him a pill that he refuses, a police officer gives a man a bag of drugs, a man throws a large bag of drugs on a coffee table in front of a woman and she thanks him, two men pin a woman on a bed and inject her arm with something that causes her to fall unconscious, a woman takes two pills and we find out later that they were diazepam, a man is shown smoking a marijuana cigarette and he passes it to another man, two men snort cocaine, a man tells three other men where they can find a large quantity of marijuana, three men find a large stash of marijuana hidden in a fireplace, two men talk about delivering drugs, two men take pills with alcohol (we don't know what), a man snorts cocaine from his fingers as he walks through a hallway, a man snorts cocaine while in his car, and police officers collect a large quantity of powdered drugs and pills at a raid scene. A man drinks a liquid from a small bottle (we assume that it is alcohol), four police officers drink several beers in a bar, four police officers drink shots of liquor in a bar, two men drink wine and beer in a bar, three men drink what looks like champagne and snort cocaine, men drink beers in a bar, a man drinks from a small bottle of alcohol, many people are seen in an apartment drinking and smoking cigarettes, and two men smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol at an apartment. Several people smoke cigarettes in an apartment as well as on the street and in cars, a man smokes a cigarette in a bar, two men smoke cigarettes in an interrogation room, and a man smokes in his office.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex slaves, vice, police corruption, rape, extortion, fraud, murder.

MESSAGE - It's sometimes hard to get out of trouble once you are in it.

Special Keywords: S9 - V10 - P10 - MPAANR

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