Cinema goers looking for something a little more violent at their local multiplex have not been disappointed this year.
We’re only reaching the end of the March, but already three high-profile releases from within a variety of genres have been released, all of which feature heavy doses of extreme violence.
Now we could sit around and discuss the potential political ramifications of these releases, whether or not their content is justified by the artistic merit, or we could just tell if you if they’re worth watching or not. I know which one’s more fun.
John Wick: Chapter 2 
The follow up to the surprise Keanu Reeves-led hit from 2014 was directed by experienced stunt choreographer Chat Stahelski, who pulled together the incredible fight scenes from the first movie. The UK had 23 seconds of a bloody suicide scene excised from the cut, in order to appease the Ratings Board. As such, it hit UK cinemas with a 15 rating, but don’t think that this has affected the brutally kinetic fight scenes that made the original such an underground success. Bones are broken and heads are split – and you’ll feel absolutely every one of them. Although you might need a little briefing on the story of the first film, once the blood starts pouring, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is the plot.
Paul Verhoeven has come out publicly to deny that his latest film is a ‘rape-comedy’. The iconic Dutch director has always been somewhat of a provocateur, with his entire back catalogue of iconic movies featuring heavy doses of violence and sexuality. Elle is no exception. The film opens with a horrific sexual assault, one that’s revisited throughout the film, a move that has shocked as many reviewers as impressed them. This is a film that is divisive by its very nature, Verhoeven does not glorify in the violence as much as he makes us complicit in it, a chilling feat that has made some critics more than a little uncomfortable. Certainly not a sensible date movie, Elle pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable in modern cinema, it might shock you, it could even disgust you, but it will definitely surprise you.
Get Out 
Last year there were many films that addressed ‘the African-American Experience’. These films, mostly serious in nature (some aspirational), stormed the awards season – it will remain to be seen if comedian Jordan Peele’s Get Out is accepted into that particular oeuvre, the incredibly gory finale might well go against it. Essentially a horror movie, Peele’s film combines deft racial comedy, solid mystery and all out jump-scares to create a truly unique movie going experience. Although, the film is relatively tame for the first hour, things start to take a turn for the worse in the final act – with some truly eye-watering moments that are bound to make you wince. Its arguable whether or not Get Out probes that deeply into the issues at the fore front of ‘The African-American Experience’ but its still one heck of a ride.