Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Violent urban crime flick is too intense for tweens.
  • PG-13
  • 2009
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Although the movie makes it pretty clear that crime isn't the easy way out when a "simple" job with "no victims" quickly turns into a disastrous bloodbath, the strong violence and and generally gritty feel take away from the message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character Ty, a decorated war veteran, tries hard to support his younger brother Jimmy, and his behavior before the "job" -- andafter he changes his mind about participating (when murder enters the picture) -- is admirable. That said, other characters are far less upstanding and more willing to compromise their morals to succeed.


Very violent, and lots of people get hurt. A homeless man is shot in the back, then again in the head when he tries to get away. A cop is shot in the belly, complete with several quarts of blood. A man is stabbed to death off screen. Another man commits suicide by jumping off a roof, and yet another gets too close to an exploding bomb (viewers see his burning corpse at a medium distance). Finally, a man is killed in a spectacular vehicle crash. Characters brandish guns often, almost to the point of showing off. Perhaps even more painfully, characters often injure their hands while trying to bang the door hinges off of an armored truck.


A few shots of shirtless men, plus some mildly suggestive jokes.


One use of "f--k" and several uses of "s--t" (including "bulls--t"), as well as "damn," "goddamn," and "hell."


One mention of Coke.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character smokes once, in one scene. The six main characters go out for beers following Ty's initiation. Another character quickly pops some pills in the locker room, but it's not clear what they are (aspirin?).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Armored is a violent crime film with lots of blood and a fair amount of strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), it's almost old-fashioned in its clearly defined take on "good guys" and "bad guys" and ultimately sends the message that crime isn't an easy way out. The main character reluctantly participates in the central heist scheme out of desperation, but when the "simple" job turns into a bloodbath, he decides to do the right thing. Sure, there are plenty of logic loopholes, and it's not exactly a life-changing cinematic experience, but older teens and adults might find it entertaining.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjoshua martinez May 30, 2010
armored is a good action movie but parents this movie does have a lot of intense violence that's goes way off the charts characters used a lot of strong la... Continue reading
Parent of a 16 and 17-year-old Written byIndie-fan December 11, 2009

Only for Adult audience

Acting is superb!!! for an action film, againg, all actors are good, and Matt Dillon delivers - once again! too bad, Hollywood under-utilizes this super-talente... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byOldBob13 June 24, 2010

Dumb albeit fun action flick with lots of violence and language

Armored is one of those popcorn flicks that isn't particularly smart, complex, or memorable. What it offers up is a fun, brainless, and dumb action-packed... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDarkblade324 May 23, 2010

Perfect for kids 14+. NOT under 14

Very bloody. Great movie over all though. Good casting. Just think about taking someone under 14 to it though I saw so many teens just walk out of the theater l... Continue reading

What's the story?

Iraq War veteran Ty (Columbus Short) gets a job working with his godfather, Mike Cochrone (Matt Dillon), at an armored truck company. Ty has money troubles and is about to lose his late parents' house, as well as custody of his younger brother. But then Mike makes him an offer: Mike and four others (Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco, and Skeet Ulrich) are going to rob one of their own trucks and cook up a fake heist to cover their tracks. Ty reluctantly agrees, but when the so-called "simple" job unexpectedly turns into a bloodbath, Ty changes his mind and decides to do the right thing. But will it be at the cost of his life?

Is it any good?

Directed by Nimrod Antal, ARMORED has a pleasingly gritty feel thanks to its use of chilly, metallic urban locations. And at only 88 minutes, it's a very streamlined, no-nonsense genre film; it could almost be called a low-tech "B" movie. It has an economic way of developing its characters so that the situations come about as a result of the characters, rather than the reverse.

As things get going, certain small logic loopholes tend to crop up, and intelligent audience members will find themselves asking questions about some silly occurrences and images. ("Why didn't they just...?") But those who can sit back and roll with the movie's dynamic energy, atmosphere, and pacing may enjoy themselves in spite of these drawbacks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ty's initial decision to go along with the robbery plan. Why does he do it? What other options did he have? What would you have done?

  • Do you think Ty would have gone through with the robbery if everything had stayed according to plan? What messages do his decisions send to viewers?

  • What's the impact of the movie's violence? Is it increased by the fact that it wasn't supposed to happen? How does Ty's reaction to what goes wrong with the plan affect how you react to the bloody consequences?

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