Against the Sun

2015 PG 1h 39m DVD

Against the Sun

2015 PG 1h 39m DVD
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After their torpedo bomber crashes into the ocean during a World War II scouting mission, three crewmen end up in a life raft without food or water -- and sharks closing in. With safety 1,000 miles away, they must keep their wits intact to survive.
Garret Dillahunt, Jake Abel, Tom Felton
Brian Falk
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Against the Sun is based on a true story about three American soldiers who survive a plane crash into the Pacific Ocean and are stranded on a life raft. Though not as agonizing as the similar Unbroken, the material is fairly intense. There's some arguing and shouting, some bloody cuts, and a gun fired. An albatross is shot and a shark is sliced open, with guts spilling into the raft. We hear talk of death and a mention of suicide. We see a scary drowning nightmare, a plane crash into the ocean, and a huge storm. Language includes two uses of "s--t" and infrequent uses of "damn" and "hell." Sex is not an issue, but a man describes his sister to another man, as if thinking of setting them up. The main issue here is that Harry Potter fans might be interested in seeing "Draco Malfoy" (Tom Felton) playing an American character, and a good guy. Fortunately, the movie is mainly quite hopeful and not too intense for kids of 11-12 and up.

Sexual Content

A man describes his sister to another man, with the intention of "fixing them up." Fantasy sequences of what the sister might look like. Men are shown shirtless.


General tension and peril. Some bloody wounds. A gun is shown and fired. Albatross shooting. Shark wrestling. Gory shark guts. Intense feelings of desperation and being trapped. Some shouting and verbal conflict. Plane crash into the ocean. Storm at sea. Somewhat scary dream sequences, such as drowning. Talk of death. Reference to suicide.


Infrequent uses of "s--t," "damn" and "hell."

Social Behavior

Themes include learning to work together and keeping a positive attitude. Characters help each other and forgive one another's mistakes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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