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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, disturbing rescue/revenge thriller isn't for kids.

Movie PG-13 2009 94 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 53 parent reviews

age 17+

If you want to put your teenage daughter off travelling - let her watch this

If you want to put your teenage daughter off travelling - let her watch this. Don't get me wrong - it's a brilliant, tense and high energy film but it's absolutely not for kids or younger teens because of its dark and intense theme of sex trafficking. As an adult woman it made me feel vulnerable and sick and I'd wait until my daughter was at least 17 to watch it. Of course the dad rescue plot is engaging and makes it a good movie but it's just too dark for younger teens with impressionable minds.
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age 13+

Great Film!

Not really sure why this is an 18, I think if it was made in 2021 it would be a 15 because of the themes, sex trafficking, violence etc but there isn't much violence compared to say Tarantino movies and not really any actual sex/nudity. It's a good story line and my daughter is 11 was hooked from start to finish. She is mature for her age (more like a 14 year old) and was also a good opportunity to talk about human trafficking and drugs, both of which are still happening every day! We both really enjoyed it so I'd say probably 12 upwards (depending on the child's maturity)
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (53 ):
Kids say (121 ):

Neeson is an actor of considerable gravitas, and it's downright puzzling why this is his first meaty role in a mainstream film since Batman Begins. While he's well cast as an unstoppable father who could -- and would -- do serious damage to anyone in order to save his daughter, he's just too good for this revenge flick. And Grace, who's actually 25, plays Kim as way too immature (she even affects the awkward run of an uncoordinated 8-year-old girl). No wonder she was such an easy mark.

Still, this thriller could be used as a cautionary tale for trusting high school girls traveling abroad. Kim and Amanda disclose so much information to a complete stranger -- even sharing a cab with him -- that it's eye-rollingly infuriating. Perhaps French director Pierre Morel thinks wealthy L.A. teens would act this way, but it's hard to swallow. But even harder to believe is that a CIA-trained specialist would kill seemingly everyone (and that's no exaggeration) he meets without saving anyone other than his daughter. Morel shows dozens of women enslaved for their bodies, but in the end audiences are supposed to just forget about them and cheer for Kim? That's quite disturbing.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 30, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: May 12, 2009
  • Cast: Famke Janssen , Liam Neeson , Maggie Grace
  • Director: Pierre Morel
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language
  • Last updated: September 17, 2023

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