Not recommended under 15 (violence; disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 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:||Seventh Son|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes, violence and infrequent coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film’s opening scene depicts witch hunter Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) imprisoning an evil shape-shifting witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), in a deep prison on top of a mountain where she will hopefully remain for the rest of time.
Decades pass and with the rising of the “Blood Moon” Mother Malkin becomes infused with new found power and escapes her imprisonment, bent on seeking revenge against Gregory. It is not long before Gregory and Mother Malkin engage in battle, with Mother Malkin killing Gregory’s apprentice William Bradley (Kit Harington) and escaping to her mountain fortress.
After the death of William, Gregory searches for a new apprentice who must be the seventh son of a seventh son. Tomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is given the position. Unbeknown to Master Gregory, Tom has supernatural powers that enable him to see visions of the future as a result of his mother being a witch.
With his new apprentice in tow, Gregory sets off to hunt down and destroy Mother Malkin who is gathering together a host of demonic minions. Along the way Tom encounters a beautiful young woman named Alice (Alicia Vikander) and the pair quickly fall for each other.
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.
Supernatural powers; good and evil; demonic possession
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 sequences of intense fantasy violence, including the use of swords, knives, staffs, axes, and chains. There are multiple violent deaths, at times gruesome although minimal blood and gore are depicted. 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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some 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 are also likely to be disturbed by the violent and scary scenes 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 also likely be disturbed by some of the violent and scary scenes described above.
None of concern
Some mild flirting and talk about love
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Seventh Son is a fantasy action adventure which is a very loose adaptation of The Last Apprentice book series by Joseph Delaney, but appears to be aimed at a more mature audience than the books, being targeted at older teens and adult fans of fantasy films. There are a number of scary characters and scenes of transformations and violent deaths which are likely to disturb younger viewers, including many younger teenagers.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss the gender stereotyping in the film.
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