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Kingsman: The Golden Circle also known as “Kingsman 2,” “Kingsman: O Círculo Dourado,” “Kingsman. Auksinis ratas,” “Kingsman: Altin Çember,” “Kingsman: Az aranykör,” “Kingsman: Cercul de aur,” “Kingsman: El Círculo Dorado,” “Kingsman: El círculo de oro,” “Kingsman: Il cerchio d'oro,” “Kingsman: Kuldne ring,” “Kingsman: Le cercle d'or,” “Kingsman: To Chuc Hoang Kim,” “Kingsman: Zlatni Krug,” “Kingsman: Zloty krag,” “Kingsman: Ο χρυσός κύκλος,” “Kingsman: Златният кръг,” “Kingsman: Золоте кiльце,” “Kingsman: Золотое кольцо”

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material.

Reviewed by: David Criswell, Ph.D.
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Extremely Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Spy Action Comedy Sequel
Length:
2 hr. 21 min.
Year of Release:
2017
USA Release:
September 22, 2017 (wide—4,003 theaters)
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Featuring: Taron Egerton … Eggsy
Mark StrongMerlin
Julianne MoorePoppy
Colin FirthHarry Hart
Channing TatumTequila
Halle BerryGinger
Michael GambonArthur
Jeff Bridges … Champ
Elton John … Elton John
Pedro Pascal … Whiskey
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Director: Matthew Vaughn—“Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015), “X-Men: First Class” (2011), “Kick-Ass” (2010), “Stardust” (2007)
Producer: Adam Bohling
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ introduced the world to Kingsman—an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded.

In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…”

Note: The prequel to this film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015), was Extremely Offensive.

What is funnier than seeing a man shoved into a meat grinder, seeing the ground meat come out the other end, made into a hamburger, and then eaten by his “friend?” Apparently, Hollywood doesn’t think anything is funnier than this, because this is the sampling of the kind of “humor” to be found in the sequel to the movie where spy “heroes” gun down and murder an entire church full of evil “right-wing” Christians. This time, their target is not Christians, per se, but America in general—anyone who opposes the legalization of drugs, and anyone from the South. Yes, “Kingsman 2” is a symbol of how evil our society has become.

Now the Bible warns us,

“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.” —Ephesians 5:11-12 NASB

Unfortunately, to review this film means to speak of these things which should not even be spoken. It is to expose a sickness that revels in hatred of everything good with a mockery that is only equaled in a prepubescent teenage locker room.

The plot revolves around a Drug Lord (Julianne Moore) who has poisoned her drugs to make them kill (as if drugs don’t already kill). When millions of Americans are diagnosed with the disease—whose gory effects are played for “humor”—the drug Lord offers the antidote on the sole condition that the President of the United States legalize drugs.

As it turns out, however, the President wants to kill off all addicts, so that he will “win the War on Drugs.” The Kingsmen must, therefore, combat not only the Drug Lord, but also a spy within the spies who is working to ensure that everyone dies of drug overdoses.

The film is filled with far more offensive material than could be cited, short of an encyclopedia. However, before even addressing the sex, violence, language, and gore, there is the propaganda and philosophy of the film itself.

There is a scene where the Drug Lord claims that sugar kills 5 times more people than cocaine. Such an outrageous claim is based on the idea that all heart disease it a direct result of sugar alone, but such an absurdity is apparent to every school child. Sugar, by itself, in limited quantities has zero harmful effects. Cocaine, on the other hand, lodges itself in your brain cells and kills them instantly. Every single cocaine crystal kills one brain cell apiece. Every time someone uses cocaine, they are killing brain cells. Kill the wrong brain cell and you die instantly. If not, you will slowly turn yourself into a badly brain-damaged individual.

Nevertheless, the Far Left now wants to legalize drugs. This movie is, in fact, nothing more than a grand advertisement for legalizing drugs.

SEX: In terms of moral (or rather immoral content), there is far too much to discuss here, but a summary of some of the “low-lights” is necessary. Among the worst is a pornographic scene in which one of the spies places a miniature camera on his finger and then sticks his finger down under a woman’s panties and shoves the camera inside her vagina. While there is no explicit nudity, it is clear what his finger is doing, and it is equally clear that the actress submitted to this, as there is no special effects, and it is obvious where his finger has been inserted.

VIOLENCE AND GORE: There is far too much to list. The scene of cannibalism has already been noted. There is yet another scene where the audience is shown a person ground up in the meat grinder. There are people’s eyes popping, numerous scenes of gunshots to the head or body, bloodied eye sockets where once were eyes, and a host of other violence in extended fight scenes.

LANGUAGE… of course. There are over 80 uses of the F-word, several dozen derogatory sexual reference, an equal number of scatological terms, and many abuses of the Lord’s name. Interestingly enough, one of the “humorous” parts of the film is when Elton John is kidnapped. Elton John spends most of his time shouting “F*** you” to his captors. Even more sad than this is the fact that Elton is clearly looking in very bad health.

If you have seen the commercials, then I assure you that you have seen the only good parts of the film. The marketers did a great job of fusing together scenes to make it look as if there is something worthwhile in the movie, but there is nothing beneath the extremely thin veneer. If it was possible to be more offensive than the first “Kingsman,” they found a way, but without the limited charm that existed in the first film.

I urge everyone to stay away from this evil film.

  • Violence/Gore: Extreme
  • Profanity/Vulgarity: Extreme
  • Sex/Nudity: Very Heavy

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Neutral
Neutral—I was super pumped to see this, because I loved the first movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” I have to say, though, that it wasn’t as good as the first, as many sequels aren’t, but it still was entertaining! This one has a more Western vibe, whereas the first movie was British Intelligence. (Not really a Western movie person, but whatcha gonna do.)

*Notes of Concern* Language: F-bombs are obviously present in R rated movies and this wasn’t lacking them. There were about 40 in this movie. Lord’s name in vain, cussing, etc. See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Paulina Kray, age 23 (USA)
Negative
Negative—What an atrocious movie. The writers” use of profanity was beyond the pale as well as the vulgarity and violence (putting people in hamburger grinders, then making a burger). The storyline was simply a James Bond jumble, and the fact that such a stellar group of actors would sign up for this bomb shows how low Hollywood has fallen. I would’ve preferred a root canal to this tripe.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Dennis, age 63 (USA)

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Movie Critics
So that’s what the first film was lacking: cannibalism. …emotionally sterile… the glibness grows numbing… interminable… cowboy spies with rolling hips and code names like Tequila and Champagne. Their presence, led by a strutting Channing Tatum, lends the action a homoerotic glaze that I choose to believe is intentional. …
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
…As ultraviolent as the first film, and as ultrasmutty…
Dan Jolin, Empire [UK]
…interminable Bond-spoofing sequel will make you long for “Die Another Day”… One seemingly interminable skit sees Eggsy roving around the Glastonbury music festival, trying to implant a fingertip-mounted tracking device inside the genitals of an enemy’s socialite girlfriend… [1]
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph [UK]
…Silly doesn’t even begin to describe this plot… ear-bleedingly loud… over-the-top… pushed the franchise’s cheeky brand of absurdity even farther… a few too many scenes in which people get put into Poppy’s industrial meat-grinder … and then cooked … and then eaten. …
Peter Debruge, Variety
…cynical, sexist, offensive… Claiming fun fantasy and escapism doesn’t excuse the ugly behavior of “Kingsman.” Words matter. Images matter. When you take a step back from all the bombast, Vaughn and Goldman’s worldview as seen through the lens of “Kingsman” is incredibly bleak. Their opinion of Americans is dismal
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…dismemberments and body halvings are delivered… It’s violence for cowardly voyeurs who want to make the people who annoy them just shut up in a way that’s silent, sterile, and thoroughly humiliating to the victim. …it feels like it’s six hours…
Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
…The movie is too long, too violent, too silly—too everything.…
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic