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Proof of Life

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Good story, but too violent for kids.

Movie R 2000 135 minutes
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Another stunning performance from Russell Crowe holds together a movie that is otherwise not sure exactly what it wants to be. But if you want some Rambo action, there's plenty to be had here. Crowe is magnificent, a reluctant hero out of a Bogart movie, with Bogart's combination of ideals and complete lack of illusion. Offscreen, Ryan and Crowe had a romance that made headlines, but onscreen, there is not much beyond some meaningful glances and one brief conversation that Crowe makes heartbreaking.

Ryan does her best to make Alice smart and tough, but neither she nor Morse as Peter are able to make us care very deeply. Pamela Reed makes a welcome appearance as Peter's sister and David Caruso is excellent as Terry's friend and compatriot. Peter's scenes are intended to show his response to the deprivation and torture and his efforts to fight back or escape, but they are the weakest in the movie, failing to maintain tension or even sympathy.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 8, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: June 19, 2001
  • Cast: David Caruso , Meg Ryan , Russell Crowe
  • Director: Taylor Hackford
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 135 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, language and some drug material
  • Last updated: November 16, 2022

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