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Armored Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Another heist gone wrong. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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  • 3.0
    50

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An initially intriguing plot line makes a messy getaway in this throwback heist movie.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Alas, Armored is one predictable and forgettable movie that should consider itself very lucky not to have gone straight to DVD.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    An unabashed B movie: basic, brutal and sometimes clumsy, but far from dumb, and not bad at all.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    A solid heist flick elevated by its ensemble cast and the visual eye of Hungarian-born director Nimrod Antal ("Kontroll").

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although the movie makes it pretty clear that crime isn't the easy way out when a "simple" job with "no victims" quickly turns into a disastrous bloodbath, the strong violence and and generally gritty feel take away from the message.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Main character Ty, a decorated war veteran, tries hard to support his younger brother Jimmy, and his behavior before the "job" -- andafter he changes his mind about participating (when murder enters the picture) -- is admirable. That said, other characters are far less upstanding and more willing to compromise their morals to succeed.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very violent, and lots of people get hurt. A homeless man is shot in the back, then again in the head when he tries to get away. A cop is shot in the belly, complete with several quarts of blood. A man is stabbed to death off screen. Another man commits suicide by jumping off a roof, and yet another gets too close to an exploding bomb (viewers see his burning corpse at a medium distance). Finally, a man is killed in a spectacular vehicle crash. Characters brandish guns often, almost to the point of showing off. Perhaps even more painfully, characters often injure their hands while trying to bang the door hinges off of an armored truck.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A few shots of shirtless men, plus some mildly suggestive jokes.

  • language false3

    Language: One use of "f--k" and several uses of "s--t" (including "bulls--t"), as well as "damn," "goddamn," and "hell."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: One mention of Coke.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character smokes once, in one scene. The six main characters go out for beers following Ty's initiation. Another character quickly pops some pills in the locker room, but it's not clear what they are (aspirin?).

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