Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

War film relies too much on relentless violence.

R 2002 134 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 13+

a very silly movie

Story is well intentioned with themes of prejudice, acceptance and breaking cultural boundaries. Altho its really basic in its construction. Basic in character archetypes narrative beats, and the whole frame of code talkers is little more than a divice to move between over the top action scenes. The type of action scenes where hand grenades erupt into fireworks and Nic Cage makes Cagey faces while running in the open alone and nailing every enemy in sight with deadeye accuracy without aiming while using a tommy gun. Its really entertaining tho. But far from John Woos most powerful dramatic uses of action. Hige body count but not too graphic, minor squibs, and spurts of blood shown on stains on bodies/ clothes in aftermaths. Not much gore. Language expected in war.
age 16+


this movie is freaking awesome and should be seen by children. they need to see the sacrifices that were made by people so that they could have freedom

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