Not recommended under 15 due to violence and disturbing scenes.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
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:||Assassin's Creed|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In the film’s opening monologue we learn that for centuries the Knights Templar have been seeking the location of the mythical Apple of Eden, which is said to contain not only the seed of man’s first disobedience, but also the key to free will. If the Knights find the Apple they will use it to control freedom of thought. Opposing the Knights Templar is the group Brotherhood of Assassins, who have vowed to defend mankind against tyranny and preserve free will.
The film’s story begins in Spain in 1492 where the Knights Templar have kidnapped a prince to exchange for the Apple of Eden. As the exchange takes place, Assassins drop from the ceiling and attack the Templars. One Assassin, Aguilar (Michael Fassbender) steals the Apple and escapes.
The film then jumps forward to the present day where we find Cal Lynch (Michael Fassbender), a direct descendant of Aguilar, being executed for committing murder. However, following the apparent execution, Cal is reawakened by scientists Sofia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard) and her father Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), who are both Templars. Sofia and her father want to plug Cal into a machine that unlocks genetic memories, enabling Cal to relive specific events experience by his ancestor Aguilar, including where he hid the Apple.
Cal is hardwired into the machine where he relives the battles and violence experienced by Aguilar, becoming more like Aguilar after each experience. Eventually Cal leads Sophia and her father to the Apple and Templar and Assassin fight it out for the right to free will.
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.
Genetic memory; religion and religious orders; mythical artefacts; free will and the control of free will
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.
The film contains extended scenes of intense action violence (some of which is brutal), the murder of one parent by the other parent, witnessed by their child, and the depiction of executions. The film shows minimal blood and gore, but uses sound effects to infer violent and gruesome acts. Examples include:
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, which are likely to be very disturbing for children in this age group, there are other 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by much of this film, particularly the scenes of the mother’s death and the child in danger.
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.
Many of the above-mentioned scenes are also likely to disturb children in this age group
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 children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the scenes described above
Nothing of concern in the film but the film is based on a popular video game and there is tie-in merchandise
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern
The film contains infrequent use of coarse language and some name-calling. Examples include:
Assassin’s Creed is an action fantasy film based on the popular video game of the same name. The film is packed with extremely fast paced and intense action violence sequences and gymnastics that should please adult and teenage fans of the game. Those who do not have prior knowledge of the game may find the film somewhat disjointed.
Because the film is showing during school holidays, it is likely to appeal to younger teens and tweens, but parents are warned that it contains brutal scenes of violence, including executions, throat slitting and the murder of a mother witnessed by her child
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to discuss the concept of free will and how it is connected to acts of violence. Is free will part of what makes us human?
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