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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

By-the-numbers explosion flick -- no surprises.

Movie PG-13 2003 112 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Swat rating

Violence , kissing ,drugs, and smoking, money swearing

This title has:

Too much violence
age 17+

Really good, really violent.

Extremely violent. An R rating would be right lots of shooting some blood some sexual references. A condom is mentioned. There is one shootout in that is very intense with gangs shooting and there is a suicide. (OFFSCREEN) Language is an issue with a lot of godd-ms and a couple uses of sh-t and one f—k. But this movie is REALLY GOOD with great messages about teamwork and trust and with great acting!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This generic summer explosion movie is as predictable as the rhymes in a limerick, but as predictably entertaining as well. There are no surprises in the story, but the action sequences deliver the goods that audiences for this film are there to receive. It is a shame to assemble a high-powered cast of some of the most talented and charismatic people in Hollywood and then not give them any opportunities to let them show us what they can do.

There is nothing distinctive about the characters, despite brief attempts to sketch in some details by showing one with a child, another on a date, and some tender partings when the officers' beepers go off. All these moments do is make stupifyingly obvious the supposed surprise plot twist half an hour before it occurs. Even more obvious is a "You're Chris Sanchez?" surprise that the officer played by Rodriguez is a woman; this from someone who is supposed to have selected her by reading through her file.

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