Intense and well-made

By mcdehuevo
Written September 02, 2013
This might create its own genre - augmented reality action. The movie does a brilliant job of seamlessly mixing play-action with the kids' imagination. You're engaged from the first minute and there are no lulls for navel-gazing or teachable moments, but there is plenty of thought-provoking material. It even treats differences between boys and girls fairly - a girl is involved in the war and the boys aren't all portrayed as knuckle-dragging buffoons easily outwitted by her strong-capable-womyn-ness, in the typical style of Hollywood over the past 20 years or so. One of the best movies I've seen this year.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Did you?

Brilliant

By dchrisj123
Written September 02, 2013
The actors are incredible with an amazing adult sensibility smoothly switching back and forth to tweener impulsivity just like the art of the war alternates between movie magic weaponry and sticks and stones. The script is not obvious in its larger adult themes unlike some critics reviews. I have no idea why this isn't in large release. It's incredible family fun and better than Hunger Games.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Did you?