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.