Not recommended under 12; parental guidance recommended 12 to 14 due to disturbing scenes and themes.
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children aged 12 to 14||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Viewers 14 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Arrival|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Without warning twelve 1500 foot high alien spacecraft appear out of thin air and position themselves randomly across the Earth’s surface. When one of the alien craft lands in the US state of Montana, Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) approaches Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a world leading professor in languages, to find a way to communicate with the aliens and determine their purpose for coming to Earth.
Accompanying Dr. Banks is physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) whose job it is to determine the aliens’ technological capabilities, such as their ability to travel through the cosmos and defy gravity.
It takes several trips inside the alien craft before Louise Banks makes a breakthrough, communicating with the aliens through symbols and writing. She learns that the aliens have come to save humanity by giving them a gift. Unfortunately China’s General Shang (Tzi Ma) along with the leaders of a number of other countries misinterprets the aliens, believing them to have evil intent. The misunderstanding leads to near disaster.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Aliens; xenophobia; death of a child
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to some of the above-mentioned scenes, children aged five to eight may be disturbed by:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are also likely be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger viewers in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes
None of concern
There are some mild sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
Wine drinking by adults
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Arrival is a different and thoughtful science fiction film which is likely to be enjoyed by older teens and adults. The film focuses on resolving conflict and differences through communication, compassion and understanding, rather than aggression, dominance and war.
Younger children might find some of the scenes and themes disturbing, and the film is also rather slow-moving, so the film is not recommended for children under 12 and parental guidance is recommended for viewers aged 12 to 14.
The main messages from this movie are that:
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age