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"INTACTO"
(2002) (Leonardo Sbaraglia, Max Von Sydow) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Heavy Heavy Heavy Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Minor Heavy None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate Moderate Mild Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Dramatic Thriller: A former protégé enlists the aid of a new recruit to battle his former master in a high-stakes game of luck.
PLOT:
Samuel Berg (MAX VON SYDOW) is the owner of a lucrative but remote casino whose string of luck extends back to being the sole survivor of a concentration camp. In the bowels of his gambling establishment, he runs an underground, but high-stakes game of luck where he's yet to lose. Those who do, however, not only forfeit possession of those they "own" - signified by photos of those people - but also their lives.

Federico (EUSEBIO PONCELA) is Samuel's protégé with the ability to remove anyone's luck via a simple touch of the hand, a measure that comes in handy when an unknowing gambler hits a winning streak. When he wants to break free of Samuel, however, the master uses the same tactic on him, thus rendering him powerless.

Years later, Federico is still searching for a recruit that he can use to do battle with Samuel. He thinks he's found that person in Tomas Sanz (LEONARDO SBARAGLIA), the sole survivor of a major airline crash. Discovered with stolen money taped to his body, Tomas is put under police custody at a hospital, but Federico manages to get him out.

He then introduces him to the secret world of high-stakes luck games and puts him into various elimination round challenges against other lucky opponents, such as Alejandro (ANTONIO DECHENT) the bullfighter, to determine who will next battle Samuel. At the same time, local cop and fellow lucky survivor, Sara (MONICA LOPEZ), is hot on the trail of those behind such contests, while Tomas' girlfriend, Ana (PAZ GÓMEZ), is also under watch.

Facing various games of luck and the threat of losing Ana to one of the winners, Tomas sets out to battle Samuel and find out who's the luckiest man alive.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be intrigued by the premise, while anyone who's a fan of someone in the cast might want to see it as well.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language, some violence and brief nudity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • LEONARDO SBARAGLIA plays a thief who's brought into the underground world of high-stakes luck when he's the sole survivor of a plane crash. He uses strong profanity.
  • MAX VON SYDOW plays a concentration camp survivor who now runs a lucrative casino and is head of the underground and deadly world of luck where he's yet to be defeated.
  • EUSEBIO PONCELA plays Samuel's protégé and fellow survivor who falls out of grace despite possessing the ability to rob others of their luck. When he comes across Tomas, he decides to use the man as revenge against Samuel. He also smokes and uses strong profanity.
  • MONICA LOPEZ plays a policewoman who's hot on the trail of the underground activities and has a connection with them due to having survived a car crash that killed the rest of her family.
  • ANTONIO DECHENT plays a bullfighter and one of the competitors in the game of luck. He uses some profanity and smokes.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated dramatic thriller. Profanity includes at least 8 uses of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. An unconscious woman's bare breasts are seen in a nonsexual context.

    Violence includes several lethal and bloody shootings (several by a police officer and others in a modified game of Russian roulette), as well as scenes of people striking or beating others, while some injuries also have bloody results. Some of those scenes may be unsettling or suspenseful to viewers (particularly the Roulette style ones), while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes.

    There's some brief verbal material about surviving a concentration camp and a woman losing her husband and child in a car crash (partially seen in flashback). Some potentially dangerous and deadly forms of imitative behavior are present, while various characters smoke or drink.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there are some brief moments of that.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • People have drinks in a casino.
  • Various people have drinks in a casino.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Federico has some blood on his face after being beaten.
  • We see Tomas with blood on his face while he's still strapped to his seat in the wreckage of a plane.
  • We see blood on a man's head and on the road after a car hits him.
  • Sara has scars across her chest.
  • A bull is bloody during a bullfight.
  • Sara has a tiny bloody cut.
  • Federico has some blood on his wrist.
  • We see a black and white photo of a dead person with blood around his head.
  • Various contestants slam face-first into trees in the woods while running through them blindfolded and with their arms tied behind their backs (with bloody results, particularly on one man's face).
  • A person is shot in the head during a modified version of Russian roulette (and blood spreads around the victim and there's blood on him as well).
  • Blood spreads on a bed next to a woman after she's hit by an accidental gunshot (we later see dried blood there).
  • Federico has blood down his face
  • A great deal of gunfire erupts in a room and several people are shot and killed (with some bloody results on the people and their surroundings).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Samuel has his men beat Federico when the latter decides he's going out on his own.
  • We learn that Tomas is a thief who stole a great deal of money.
  • Federico bribes an insurance agent so that he can pose as her to get in and see Tomas (who he helps escape from police custody).
  • A man breaks a window to steal a car.
  • For those who don't like violence against animals, a bull is bloody during a bullfight (in a flashback where the bull attacks and apparently wounds the bullfighter).
  • Various people attempt to and/or succeed at killing others.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and "Blood/Gore" might also be unsettling or suspenseful for some viewers, as might certain scenes that come off as unusual and unpredictable.
  • As some suspenseful music plays, Federico's elevator stops on a certain floor of the casino and he then has a tense encounter with Samuel.
  • Sara aims her gun at a person.
  • A man attempts to run across both sides of a busy freeway at night while blindfolded.
  • We see various filled body bags at a plane crash site.
  • Federico and Tomas try to elude police who've arrived.
  • Samuel and another man compete in a variation of Russian roulette where there's only one empty chamber in the revolver that's aimed at another contestant's head. This happens again later as Sara makes her way closer to them with her gun drawn.
  • Samuel tells a story (about surviving a concentration camp) that might be unsettling for some viewers.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns: Carried and/or used to threaten or kill people and used in a variation of Russian roulette.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases (some in English, some in English subtitles): "F*ck it," "F*ck me up," "You f*cked me up," "I've no f*cking idea," "F*cking bastard," "Bitch," "Bastard" and "My ass."
  • It's possible some kids could be enticed to imitate actions and behavior seen in this film including: Trying to run across a busy freeway while blindfolded; playing a variation of Russian roulette while blindfolded (with only 1 empty chamber in the revolver that's aimed at another contestant's head); and running through the woods and trying to avoid running into trees while blindfolded and with one's arms tied behind the back.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A blindfolded person suddenly slams face-first into a tree.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of ominous and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 8 "f" words, 1 ass, 1 crap, 1 damn and 1 use each of "Christ" and "God" as exclamations. (Some in English subtitles)
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a man in a rather small bathing suit.
  • Sara makes out with a man during one of the luck challenges (she imagined him being her husband).
  • We see Sara's bare breasts while she's unconscious (after a man tears her shirt open to see the scars on her chest).
  • SMOKING
  • Federico smokes more than 5 times, Alejandro smokes several times and various miscellaneous characters smoke (cigarettes and cigars).
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that Sara's husband and child were killed in a car crash and we then see a few brief/partial flashbacks to that scene (but don't see the full impact or deaths). We also learn that their marriage was not perfect before that.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Luck, fate and destiny.
  • Gambling (with money or one's life).
  • Plane crashes (we see the aftermath of one).
  • Concentration camps (Samuel survived one).
  • VIOLENCE
  • A man punches another man several times in the body. The beaten man is then dragged out of a car and another man kicks him on the ground.
  • A man is hit by a car (partially seen and with bloody results) while trying to run across a busy freeway while blindfolded.
  • We see a guard on the floor and another in a chair who are dead or unconscious (from something unseen that Federico did to them).
  • Some barbed wire cuts a man's skin.
  • A man breaks a window to steal a car.
  • A man breaks a window into a basement.
  • A bull is bloody during a bullfight (in a flashback where the bull attacks and apparently wounds the bullfighter).
  • Alejandro head-butts Sara and she then hits him several times on the ground.
  • We hear that Sara's husband and child were killed in a car crash and we then see a few brief/partial flashbacks to that scene (but don't see the full impact or deaths).
  • Sara pulls her gun on Tomas, but someone hits her from behind, knocking her out. A person then turns her over with a stick and apparently kicks her.
  • Various contestants slam face-first into trees in the woods while running through them blindfolded and with their arms tied behind their backs (with bloody results). Another ends up with something jammed into their leg.
  • A driver slams on the breaks and Tomas slams face-first into the seat in front of him. The man then holds a gun on Tomas and makes him get out.
  • A person is shot in the head during a modified version of Russian roulette (and blood spreads around the victim and there's blood on him as well).
  • Blood spreads on a bed next to a woman after she's accidentally hit by a shot from a gun.
  • Tomas pulls Federico from a truck and kicks him on the ground. He then punches him several times in the gut and kicks him again. He then takes Federico's hand, puts in into a trunk and closes the lid on it.
  • A great deal of gunfire erupts in a room and several people are shot and killed (with some bloody results on the people and their surroundings).



  • Reviewed November 21, 2002 / Posted January 3, 2003

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