Not suitable under 13; parental guidance strongly recommended 13 to 15 due to violence and disturbing scenes.
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance strongly recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children age 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:||Rogue One: A Star Wars story|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Rogue One is set just prior to the very first Star Wars film A New Hope. Following the film’s obligatory opening text “In a galaxy far far away…” we find a small young girl Jyn (Beau Gadsdon) running towards her home after seeing an Imperial ship fly over. Upon reaching home she finds that her parents are already aware of the danger and are preparing for a hasty exit. Jyn’s father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) says goodbye to Jyn while her mother Lyra (Valene Kane) sends a message to a rebel named Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) telling him “They have come”. Jyn and Lyra escape and run into the hills while Jyn’s father Galen goes to confront the Imperial soldiers.
The Imperial force is lead by Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) an Imperial Senator, who insists Galen return to the Empire to finish building a super weapon ( the Death Star) that will enable the Empire to destroy all who oppose it. At first Galen refuses, but after Krennic orders Lyra shot dead and Jyn to be hunted down and captured, Galen relents and submits to Krennic.
Several years later, however, we find Jyn (Felicity Jones) who is now almost an adult, held captive in a cell by Imperial troops. Jyn is rescued by rebel forces, who then use her to flush Saw Gerrera out of hiding. Jyn locates Saw, and in the process discovers that her father Galen, while pretending to be working for the Empire was in reality designing and building a device hidden within the Death Star which could set off a chain reaction and destroy the entire station. Galen has sent a message imploring the Rebel Alliance to steal the plans to the Death Star and then use the plans to destroy it.
Believing in her father, Jyn pleas with rebel commanders to send a force into an Imperial stronghold and to steal the plans to the Death Star. The remainder of the film is devoted to Jyn achieving just that, but at a tremendous cost.
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 tyranny; rebellion; weapons of mass destruction; the supernatural
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 extended sequences of battle violence including the depiction of multiple deaths, executions and assassination, mass destruction and the endangerment of young children. The leading characters die. 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 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and particularly 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 may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and particularly by the deaths of main characters
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
Nothing of concern in the movie, but a large amount of associated merchandise is marketed to young children for whom the film is unsuitable
Nothing of concern
There is a brief hologram image of a humanoid alien female dancing in a seductive manner on a table top
Men drink in a bar
Nothing of concern
Rogue One is a prequel to the Star Wars films that explains how the Death Star came to have a design fault which enabled it to be destroyed. With its strong female lead, the film is likely to be enjoyed by an older adolescent and adult audience, but contains too many violent and disturbing scenes for children under thirteen, including the deaths of leading characters. Parental guidance is strongly recommended for the 13 to 15 age group because some children in this age group may also find it too disturbing.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include selflessness, friendship and trust.
Parents may wish to discuss how although the film was depicted as having a good and an evil side, both sides were responsible for deaths and atrocities.
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