Atlas parents guide: How violent and frightening is the action?

A spoiler-free guide to the violence and action in Atlas.
Atlas. (L to R) Abraham Popoola as Casca and Simu Liu as Harlan in Atlas. Cr. Ana Carballosa/Netflix ©2024
Atlas. (L to R) Abraham Popoola as Casca and Simu Liu as Harlan in Atlas. Cr. Ana Carballosa/Netflix ©2024 /

Jennifer Lopez rockets onto Netflix with her latest movie, the high-concept science-fiction thriller Atlas. In the movie, Lopez plays the titular data analyst whose distrust of artificial intelligence is put to the test when she's forced to work with it instead of against it to save humanity from a rogue robot.

Even though Atlas is one of the biggest new release movies on Netflix for Memorial Day weekend, it might not be the best title to pick for family movie night over the long weekend. The movie features some pretty in-your-face action and subject matter that could be frightening to children.

Atlas is rated PG-13, mostly for sci-fi violence

According to the movie's page on Netflix, Atlas is rated PG-13 for strong sci-fi violence, action, bloody images, and strong language. However, the aspect of the film that will likely be too intense for younger members of the household, as well as those who don't love action sequences, is the violence. Below, we're breaking down the rating and offering content warnings.

Atlas. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix ©2024.
Atlas. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix ©2024. /

Sex and nudity: None!

Drinking and drugs: None!

Language: Along with violence and action, language is one of the other reasons Atlas landed a PG-13 rating. However, since the movie is rated PG-13 and not R, the language can't get too heightened. Atlas uses the word "g-ddamn" quite a few times throughout the movie, along with other light expletives peppered in during intense moments of action. There's at least one instance of the word "f-ck."

Violence: It's not the most violent movie ever made, but there's quite a bit of violence in the movie that could be frightening to younger viewers. The movie opens with instances of gun violence and people bloodied and dying. Throughout the movie, there are instances of war imagery, explosions, and physical fighting. A few characters receive bloody injuries and there are closeups of wounds on their heads, abdomens, and broken legs.

Content warnings: If you're sensitive to gun violence, avoid watching the opening sequence of the movie. If you're squeamish or have a fear of blood, be aware that the movie will show wounds and blood a handful of times. Also, in the scenes featuring torture, on two occasions, a character threatens two people with a drilling needle to be stuck in their eye. The needle is never shown going into the eye. Likewise, if parental loss triggers you, this is a theme explored in the movie.

Overall, Atlas should be a fun and exciting sc-fi action movie to watch with more mature children, perhaps 13 years old and older. Maybe some kids from 10 to 12 years old could get away with watching the movie with parental guidance. After all, the youngsters might be a little distracted by the truly gorgeous special effects to even register the blood or violence. But just keep in mind that those things do happen, even though it's all wrapped up in science fiction!

Watch Atlas only on Netflix.