R16: Contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The film spoofs the class-orientated themes of the classic British spy films such as the James Bond series. In The Golden Circle, Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin returns as the film’s protagonist in his role as a secret agent for the British spy organisation Kingsman. When the Kingsman headquarters is destroyed and prominent agents are killed in multiple terrorist attacks, Eggsy and his colleague Merlin invoke doomsday protocol that sees them travel to the United States.
Date registered: 01/09/2017
Sex is dealt with in regard to an implied sex scene and brief sexual references. Eggsy is given a small condom-like item with the attached tracking beacon fitted to it. He uses his charm to seduce a woman and during foreplay he puts his hand down her underwear and inserts the tracker inside her vagina. At one point Eggsy tells the woman that he needs to use the bathroom to urinate. She replies that he can urinate over her body. Eggsy politely declines this offer and leaves the room. The film’s sexual material is clearly aimed at a mature audience.
The narrative is set against a backdrop of drug trafficking. One of the villains runs a large-scale drug ring; recent batches of recreational drugs have been laced with a virus, for the purpose of holding the country to ransom. The effects of the virus are dramatic on the drug user, causing a blue rash to appear followed by two more symptomatic stages before death. Two characters are seen smoking drugs and are subsequently seen with a blue rash appearing over their faces.
The majority of the action sequences are fast paced and have an exaggerated, over-the-top manner. As with the first film, the special agents use martial arts, high-tech gadgets and guns to kill numerous opponents, including mechanical dogs who attack them. When victims are shot in the head, blood spurts into the air as the action continues elsewhere. Characters are also killed with grenades, land mines and missiles. Mostly the violence is unbelievable, such as a scene in which a man is cut in half with a magical lasso, but some scenes have a higher intensity with elements of cruelty. For example, two separate scenes depict two men murdered when they are shoved into a mincer machine. The men’s legs are seen sticking out of the machine as the grinding machinery pulverises their bodies and clothing into regular hamburger mince; a man is forced to eat a hamburger made from his friend’s remains. The frenetic violence is often intercut with humorous cameos played by well-known celebrities such as Elton John.
Characters use offensive language to threaten others. More often this involves variations of the words “fuck” and “bitch”. Although intended to be humorous, the language is frequently associated with significant violence.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a witty spy film laden with high-octane chase scenes and stylised violence. The violence is presented as somewhat justified and heroic and often enjoyable. The glib manner and high extent of the intense depictions are likely to inure children and younger teenagers to violence and cruelty, or cause them to view it as justified, inconsequential, or exciting in particular circumstances. They may identify with glamorous heroes who take the law into their own hands. The emphatic use of highly offensive language adds to the need for a restriction, as does the sexual material and drug use. Older teenagers and adults are more likely to have the experience and maturity to place these elements into the context of farfetched, quirky spy film without being negatively affected.