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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Armored is an edge of your seat thriller of a heist gone wrong with Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno and Columbus Short.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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4 out of 5

Violent urban crime flick is too intense for tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Armored is a violent crime film with lots of blood and a fair amount of strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), it's almost old-fashioned in its clearly defined take on "good guys" and "bad guys" and ultimately sends the message that crime isn't an easy way out. The main character reluctantly participates in the central heist scheme out of desperation, but when the "simple" job turns into a bloodbath, he decides to do the right thing. Sure, there are plenty of logic loopholes, and it's not exactly a life-changing cinematic experience, but older teens and adults might find it entertaining.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Ty's initial decision to go along with the robbery plan. Why does he do it? What other options did he have? What would you have done?
  • Do you think Ty would have gone through with the robbery if everything had stayed according to plan? What messages do his decisions send to viewers?
  • What's the impact of the movie's violence? Is it increased by the fact that it wasn't supposed to happen? How does Ty's reaction to what goes wrong with the plan affect how you react to the bloody consequences?

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3 stars

Entertaining enough. However, 10 minutes after the heist had gone wrong there was a continuously building impossible mess to cover up, so I'm not sure what the robbers were planning on doing even if they killed the black guy. There was no way to explain what happened, so they probably should have run away or something (especially when they still had the one half of the money). Anyhow, I liked it. Didn't like the psycho Matt Dillion truck run down sceen at the end of the movie though. It seemed way too "now we have to have the ultimate showdown with the main guy and kill him in a cool way" hollywood ending.

- puffchunk, Friday, September 10, 2010

2 stars

Simply put, Nimrd Antal's Armored builds up and then falls apart.Even though this film never reaches 90 minutes, the brief run time isn't short enough to stop the disappointment. The first 30 minutes do a decent enough job at setting up what is to come, while also providing some so-so development for a few of the characters; however, when the film arrives at the main course there just isn't enough flavor. Everything becomes uninteresting as the film's setting becomes an abandoned factory.The action is minimal and unexciting and the suspense level is low, which also contributes to the blandness of the film.Columbus Short is the main focus of the picture, but his performance is more along the lines of a supporting character, which is not a good thing for a lead. Matt Dillon is the one that actually takes the spotlight. The rest of the cast put up acceptable performances, despite some deficiencies in the character buildup.Armored has the premise to be something good, but in the end it doesn't deliver.

- skactopus, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

3 stars

This movie was not at all what I thought it would be about. I was expecting a heist movie where one guy double-crosses the others, and it's full of twists and everyone is a malavolent criminal genius and whatnot. Nope. This one is a lot more like the thriller Stuck; the blokes in this movie are all fairly good guys, but when they decide to pull off this heist, one mistake drags them one by one into a mire of worse and worse wrongdoing. It's a very tense story and a very tense situation, that tends to bring out the worst in everyone involved. This isn't so much a heist movie as a tragedy, with conscience acting as something of an unwelcome handicap, which significantly exascerbates the situation. The bulk of the events of this movie take place within the space of an hour, and it's not so much a rollicking thrill ride as an intricate character sketch. That's not to say that there aren't a few purely adrenaline-charged set pieces (like the car chase with armoured trucks), but really, that's not the most interesting part of the movie. All the actors are terrific, though some of the more peripheral characters get what seems to be insufficient screen time. Jean Reno, for example.

- MidnightMadwoman, Wednesday, July 28, 2010