Black Crab parents guide

Black Crab Parent Guide

The war scenes are a little too close to real world events, but this is a well produced film that introduces real emotion to this wartime thriller.

Overall C

Netflix: Desperate to find her daughter in war-torn Sweden, Caroline accepts a dangerous mission across the harsh winter landscape.

Release date March 18, 2022

Violence C-
Sexual Content A
Profanity D
Substance Use A

Why is Black Crab rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Black Crab TV-MA for language and violence

Run Time: 110 minutes

Parent Movie Review

A civil war in Sweden has destroyed much of the country. Rumors of atrocities and massacres follow refugees through the collapsing infrastructure. What remains of the formal government has been struggling to hold out, but things are looking grim, and it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to continue for long.

When the war began, Caroline Edh (Noomi Rapace) was just another concerned mother, but since being separated from her daughter, she’s become a fierce soldier. And she has a new assignment. Seeing an opportunity in a recent freeze, the government plans to send a select group of skilled ice skaters across the open ice to deliver a package to a secret research station well behind enemy lines. If the ice doesn’t break, and the enemy don’t find them out in the open, they’ve been promised all manner of rewards, but the only one that Caroline cares about is the guarantee that her daughter has been rescued and is being kept at the facility. All that remains for her is to make the trek…if she and her team can survive.

Black Crab is ambiguous about the details of the war – who started it, what the factions want out of it, how long it’s lasted, even where in the country it takes place. While this helps focus the story on the characters and their unimaginably difficult journey, it can be a little too vague. I like the moral uncertainties that this introduces but it makes the consequences a little nebulous. Had the script made those consequences a little clearer, the story might have had a little more momentum.

As with most war movies, the biggest problems for parents here are going to be violence and profanity. Individuals are frequently shot, including unarmed civilians, and other characters are stabbed, blown up, and in some cases, kill themselves. That’s paired with a fair bit of cussing – in the original Swedish with English subtitles, I counted 17 f-bombs. I imagine it’s a comparable number in the English dub.

Of course, with world events being what they are right now, this might not be the most entertaining watch. If you like some escapism in your movies, the scenes of devastation and tragedy in the film might just look too much like the evening news for you to enjoy. If you can get past some of the real-world similarities, however, this is an intense, well made action flick. Noomi Rapace in the lead role is certainly worth the price of admission, bringing a great deal of emotional depth to the film – without detracting from the fast-paced action scenes. It’s not perfect, but it is exciting. What more do you want?

Directed by Adam Berg. Starring Noomi Rapace, Jakob Oftebro, Dar Salim. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release March 18, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Black Crab rated TV-MA? Black Crab is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language and violence

Violence: People are shot, stabbed, and killed in explosions. Two characters commit suicide. An individual drowns. Bodies are seen with graphic injuries.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are 17 uses of sexual expletives, six scatological curses, and infrequent use of terms of deity and mild profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

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Black Crab Parents' Guide

Caroline takes enormous risks to be reunited with her daughter. Is there anyone or anything that you value enough that you would risk your own life? Why does this person or thing mean so much to you?

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This film has a fair bit in common with Night Raiders, The Colony, and The Tomorrow War, although with fewer sci-fi elements than those films. If you’re interesting in films set or made in Sweden, you might enjoy Knocking, Red Dot, JJ+E, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (or the original Swedish adaptation which also stars Noomi Rapace), or Midsommar