A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Intense peril and violence, including plane crash and gunfire, characters killed.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and violence, including a very vivid plane crash, gunfire, and explosions. There are graphic images of wounded and dead characters. The movie includes some strong language (many uses of the "s--t") and smoking. A strength of the movie is the portrayal diverse characters who are strong, brave, loyal, and committed and who work well together. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This trim little adventure saga about the survivors of a plane crash holds our attention with appealing and sincere performances. Quaid is especially magnetic and he is well supported by Gibson, Jacob Vargas as Sammi the cook, Tony Curran as Rodney and Kirk Jones (rapper Sticky Fingaz) as Jeremy. The pacing is brisk and energetic and it has enough spirit to follow the unavoidable pep talk about hopes and dreams with Towns saying, "I'd do anything to avoid another hopes and dreams speech."
Phoenix doesn't waste any time assigning heartwarming characteristics or backstories to each member of the group; we barely learn most of their names. This is not a movie about redemption or a tender love story. This is a movie that gets your heart pounding the old-fashioned way -- it is just plain exciting. The plane crash scene is an extraordinary bit of film-making.
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