Not recommended under 14 due to violence and disturbing scenes.
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|Children under 14||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing themes|
|Children 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:||Divergent series: Allegiant|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third instalment of the Divergent Series, following on from Insurgent. It begins with Factionless leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) holding public trials for individuals from Erudite and Dauntless who have been deemed ‘traitors’. Caleb (Ansel Elgort), who is the brother of Tris (Shailene Woodley), is among those likely to be executed. The siblings set out with Four (Theo James) and several others to escape the walled city. Beyond the wall, they discover an area controlled by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.
The Bureau’s leader David (Jeff Daniels) explains that the Faction-based society was merely a social experiment to determine whether individuals with ‘damaged genes’ could repair themselves without the need for genetic modification. They have been monitoring the city since the outset, and have multiple experimental cities set up around the world.
Although Tris is considered to be genetically ‘pure’ by the Bureau, the other Divergent escapees are found not to be. Over the course of the film, Tris gradually begins to realise that the Bureau does not have the best interests of Chicago citizens at heart.
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.
Science fiction; genetic modification; power and authority; the total destruction of cities and communities; family and friendship
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 are many scenes of violence in the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children in this age group are likely to be disturbed by the violent scenes described above
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 the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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 may also be disturbed by the scenes and themes described above
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 may be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes and themes.
None of concern
None of concern
There is limited nudity and sexual activity, including:
Children have their memories erased by a gas pumped through a mask that is forcefully held over their faces.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third film in the Divergent series, based on the popular series of books. It is a science fiction thriller targeting adolescents and young adults, and violent scenes and disturbing themes make it unsuitable for viewers under 14. Younger teens and tweens who have read the books may find the film more intense and disturbing.
The film emphasises the importance of both bravery and judgement. Despite her courage and heroism, Tris falls prey to the lies of David and the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. She learns that people’s intentions are not always immediately evident, and that a certain degree of scepticism can be protective.
The film also highlights:
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