Heart of Stone parents guide

Heart of Stone Parent Guide

The action never lets up and neither does the violence in this competent thriller.

Overall C+

Netflix: An international spy races to stop a hacker from stealing an item that could destroy the world as we know it.

Release date August 11, 2023

Violence D+
Sexual Content A
Profanity C
Substance Use B

Why is Heart of Stone rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Heart of Stone PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some language.

Run Time: 122 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) leads a double life. Ostensibly a computer analyst for MI6, she is also a field operative for the Charter, a shadowy organization staffed largely by retired intelligence agents. Frustrated by their governments’ inability to eliminate terror cells and criminal syndicates, they band together to work outside the law and across national borders. Not only do these operatives bring their considerable talents to the task, they are also aided by the Heart, the greatest technological achievement in human history.

The Heart is a quantum computer with the power to instantly hack any system or device. It can read bank accounts, drop planes from the sky or elevators down a shaft, and even launch missiles. Not surprisingly, criminal elements are interested in obtaining this powerful device, and one particularly vengeful bad actor soon comes after the Heart, the Charter – and Rachel.

If violent spy thrillers are your favorite caffeine-free way of staying awake, you’ll get what you’re looking for in Heart of Stone. This is a fast-paced thriller with lots of action and gobs and gobs of violence. The action never stops and neither does the punching, kicking, shoving, choking, stomping, stabbing, shooting, and poisoning. Aside from some minor social drinking and a relatively mild level of profanity, violence is the only serious issue in the film, but there is tons of it, so keep that in mind while considering this film’s suitability for your teens.

My attitude towards the spy thriller genre can be summed up as “meh” and Heart of Stone doesn’t change that feeling. I don’t hate this film – it works hard to deliver lots of adrenaline and tries to give Rachel Stone a personality (with iffy success). It also has an unbelievable plot and some frankly ridiculous action sequences. To be fair, it promotes themes of loyalty, courage, mercy, and self-sacrifice. What it fails to do is ask the movie’s biggest question: not who should control the Heart but whether it should exist at all. Should a computer that can see everything, control almost everything, and even predict the future be used by anyone, let alone a group of international vigilantes? That’s the issue the film barely addresses but which moviegoers will likely ponder during and after the show. Of course, if you don’t want to think at all, that’s also an option – and probably the easiest one to take with this punch-em-up.

Directed by Tom Harper. Starring Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Matthias Schweighöfer. Running time: 122 minutes. Theatrical release August 11, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Heart of Stone rated PG-13? Heart of Stone is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action, and some language.

Violence: There are non-stop scenes of violence including shootings, stabbings, and poisonings, many of which are lethal. Dead bodies are seen on several occasions. Frequent episodes of hand-to-hand combat include punching, kicking, stomping, throwing, and choking. Two characters are left to fall to their deaths from thousands of feet in the air. There is some very dangerous driving and the inevitable traffic accidents, which definitely result in deaths. A building blows up and debris is seen. A live military operation is seen on-screens.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: The script contains over a dozen scatological curses, a half dozen terms of deity, and a smattering of minor profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink alcohol in social situations.

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If you want to watch Gal Gadot in a fun take on the comic thriller genre, you can watch Red Notice, where she stars with Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson. Ms. Gadot is also the lead in the more family-friendly Wonder Woman.

Other films that have computer hacking as key plot elements include The Vault, Missing, Sneakers, and War Games.