Not suitable under 13; not recommended 13-15 (Very disturbing themes and scenes; Violence)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, and very disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 13 to 15||Not recommended due to violence, and very disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 15 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:||Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence and horror sequence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 takes up where Part 1 left off. The brain-washed Peeta Melark (Josh Hutcherson) is held captive by rebel forces after failing in his attempt to kill Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawence).
Unable to believe that Peeta will ever recover, Katniss offers her services to President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). She is assigned to a special ops team making propaganda films as the resistance forces march on the Capitol. Included in the special ops team are Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), and Finnick Odar (Sam Clafin).
While pretending to be committed to making propaganda films, Katniss has her own ideas on how to stop the violence, including making her way to President Snow’s mansion in order to assassinate him. However, before Katniss can reach Snow, both she and her team must make their way past all manner of perilous traps, horrors and dangers.
At the cost of great personal loss, Katniss comes to the realisation that both sides are as corrupt as each other and once again takes matters into her own hands to set things straight.
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.
Oppression and rebellion; extremism; self-sacrifice; brainwashing and torture; death of a family member; deaths of children
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 intense sequences of violence including multiple violent deaths, some which are depicted in a gruesome manner. The film includes some horror related violence, the death of a family member, deaths of children, and executions. 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, there is much in this film to scare and 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 very likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes.
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 to be disturbed by many 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 children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
None of concern in the film, but associated merchandise being marketed.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is occasional mild name calling. Examples include:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the fourth and final film in this series, is a fantasy action film based on young adult fiction. The film is likely to attract teens and some younger children but is not suitable for children under 13 and not recommended for younger teens. Parents should note that this film is more violent and emotionally intense than previous Hunger Games films. It deals with disturbing themes, and contains gruesome deaths and several scenes depicting horror-like images which are likely to terrify children.
The main message from this movie is that it is sometimes difficult to determine if there is any difference between the “bad” guys and the “good” guys - people with extreme views on either side of a political spectrum can be equally dangerous.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to discuss with older children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss what the film shows about the end justifying the means. Throughout the film both of the fighting armies are prepared to do whatever is necessary to achieve their aims, including killing innocent men, women and children.
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