The Man With the Iron Fists

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Repulsively violent martial-arts fantasy in which a blacksmith - played by rapper RZA, who also directed and co-wrote the script - a secret agent for the emperor of China (Russell Crowe) and the heir of an assassinated warlord (Rick Yune) join forces to battle a variety of villains (principally Byron Mann and David Bautista), all of whom are out to purloin a shipment of imperial gold. Far from administering stylized karate chops, warriors on both sides dismember, disembowel and even liquefy their enemies to sickening effect.

Watch out for: Excessive bloody violence, gruesome images, graphic sexual activity, implied aberrant sex acts, a prostitution theme, drug use, an anti-Catholic slur, much rough language, a few crude or crass terms.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is O - morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2012