Common Sense Media says

Intense POW film explores torture, survival.

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Kid, 11 years old August 31, 2009
Teen, 15 years old Written byJoey123 June 20, 2009

Pretty entertaining...

This movie was pretty good once it got going. However, there was some violence that sensitive teens may find a little much. The language consisted of about 15 S-words, and a few uses of many others. All in all, it was worth seeing at least once!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written by<flyboy> April 9, 2008

Christian Bale Scores Again...

Christian Bale has acted superbly in another movie. His performance was his best... except when he was a child acting in Empire of the Sun. The movie starts off with Dieter Dengler's first assignment as a naval aviator, and after a harrowing survival struggle ends back on his ship again. The movie's cinematography was like in Saving Private Ryan- a lot of handheld camera work that made you feel more like you were there. The directing was one of Werner Herzog's best efforts. Overall, the movie ranked right up their with The Great Escape in terms of escape movies. Well Done! -
Teen, 14 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 November 12, 2012

realistic true story war film has torture, some violence

this gritty and sometimes explosive war film based on a true story about a pilot who becomes a POW after being shot down in Laos is packed with things that kids love: cool action scenes, intense suspense, and lots of guns. but given the sometimes graphic nature of this film, it is to intense for younger kids. this film has little action, but has some realistic scenes of torture and treatment of soldiers. people are beaten, shot, stabbed, hung upside down with a beehive on their face, and pushed around. other soldiers have ibs exposed due to starvation. there many bloody wounds. the opening sequence has massive explosions and bombs falling. people use the S word a lot.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bybatman17 December 11, 2009


The story is very profound and good, but the language is a little to much for young viewers. Past the language it is a good movie to on a Friday night.
What other families should know
Too much swearing