The Crash

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Limp financial cyberthriller has lots of strong language.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 84 minutes

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Positive Messages

Sometimes the institutions that seem the most trustworthy are in fact not to be trusted at all. A healthy dose of skepticism can be healthy indeed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Guy starts off concerned only about himself, but he eventually realizes there are times when he must step up to do the right thing, even if it has the potential to affect him adversely. 


Tense arguments. 


Kissing. Parents have concerned discussions about their 18-year-old daughter seeing a 25-year-old guy.


Frequent swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," and "douchebag."


Several well-known banks are mentioned by name, including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few scenes of adults drinking during tense moments. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Crash is a near future-set cyber thriller about a band of hackers who are trying to prevent a massive electronic attack that could bring down the entire global financial system. Characters swear a lot during tense moments (especially "f--k"), and there are lots of technical discussions about banking practices and computer networks. There are also some tense arguments and kissing, but the language and complex topic are the main issues of concern. Many familiar faces are in the cast, including Minnie Driver, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, and John Leguizamo.

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What's the story?

In the near future, when a group of cyber-terrorists threatens to bring down global financial markets, the government turns to Guy Clifton (Frank Grillo), a hacker who's about to go to prison. In exchange for a pardon, Clifton agrees to head off THE CRASH, but he starts having second thoughts when he uncovers a clue about the identity of the people behind the scheme. 

Is it any good?

This movie looks and feels like so many other cyber-thrillers we've seen in recent years, with plenty of busy computer screens and people talking urgently about global financial meltdowns. But pulsing sound effects and colorful images flashing on monitors can't make up for a preposterous plot and flat pacing.

The Crash lurches from one not-at-all dramatic moment to another, and viewers are never given the chance to really get involved with the characters. The team of white-hat hackers is your standard-issue bunch of misfits, but we never learn anything anything about them, while the shadowy government officials pretty much stay shadowy. There really no one to root for, and even after the villains' identity is revealed, it's still hard to care how the movie ends. Not even a dying teen can make viewers root for the people here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cyber thrillers and hacking. Cyber attacks are becoming pretty common movie threats. What does The Crash add to the genre?

  • Parents, talk to your kids about smart, safe online behavior. What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?

  • Did you notice a lot of swearing in the movie? Do you think it was necessary to tell the story?

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For kids who love thrills

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