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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Powerful but violent thriller -- not for kids.

Movie R 2004 100 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+


I have read many of the other reviews of parents which you will have also read... In short they completely misunderstood the whole movie. This is not an attempt to glamourise crime nor is it a film dedicated to mindless killing. This film explores deep philosophy such as the insignificance of humanity. Tom Cruise's character who is a hitman is not a hitman to glamourise crime he is a hitman so he juxtaposes with Jaime Foxxs stuck in the rat race taxi driver. This film explores the cosmos philosophy the idea of human insignificance and how this philosophy can free us as we put a new perspective on our lives. I won't spoil anything else but cinematography, music and tone is all excellent!! This film promotes a new outlook on life in the same way fight club does it attempts to use the story pleases the average viewer and the deeper themes cinematography ect for film addicts.
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (15 ):

As cool as a jazz riff from a tenor sax, this stylish and powerful thriller has it all. It boasts consistently absorbing characters, twisty dialogue and an even twistier story, and action that engages the heart as it thumps a little faster. Director Mann uses a silvery blue palette and spare, reflective, glass-filled settings to keep the mood as cool as moonlight. Both Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo are endlessly watchable, giving their characters subtlety and context to make us care far out of proportion to their time onscreen.

Foxx is turning into a performer of great presence and depth and he makes a convincing leading man. Cruise is a little out of his range but that works oddly well for Vince, giving him a little frisson of uncertainty underneath the Terminator-like singlemindedness of the character. And Cruise has moments of brilliance. He even runs in character, completely focused but so in each moment that he does not try to pace himself. He puts everything he has into each step forward.

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