Not recommended under 12, parental guidance recommended 12 to 14 due to violence and disturbing scenes and characters.
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and characters|
|Children 12 to 14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and characters|
|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:||Star Trek: Beyond|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the third film in the current Star Trek series. After three years of their five year mission the crew of the Enterprise, including Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban), Lieutenant Uhura, (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Zulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Velchin), are recuperating at the space station of Yorktown.
The crew’s R&R is cut short when a strange alien arrives in a damaged ship. We learn that the alien, along with her crew, crash-landed on a planet deep within an uncharted nebula and that the crew are marooned and in dire need of rescue. As the Enterprise is the only ship advanced enough to be able to navigate the nebula, Kirk is given the mission of rescuing the stranded aliens.
Unfortunately for Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise the rescue mission turns out to be a trap. When they arrive at the planet to rescue the marooned aliens, the Enterprise is attacked by thousands of tiny ships that form co-ordinated swarms against which the Enterprise has no defence. The Enterprise is destroyed and the crew uses the escape pods to make it to the planet’s surface.
We learn the individual responsible for the attack is a vengeful alien called Krall (Idris Elba). Krall believes that Kirk holds in his possession an alien artefact which Krall is keen to retrieve. Apparently the artefact is a key to a weapon of mass destruction which Krall intends to use to destroy the Federation. Krall’s first intended target is Yorktown.
With the help of an alien freedom fighter named Yaylash (Sofia Boutella) Kirk must find a way to stop Krall.
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.
Space travel; aliens; weapons of mass destruction
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 sequences of sometimes intense action violence, mass destruction of property, mass murder, multiple violent deaths, threats of violence and intimidation, and some blood, gore, pain and suffering. Examples include:
A man is attacked by an alien creature which charges at him, biting and clawing at his neck and clothing. More of the creatures charge the man and swarm over him, clinging on to his legs, arms and torso as he attempts to throw them off.
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 violence and scary scenes and characters.
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 some of the above-mentioned violence and scary scenes and characters, although the slightly comical appearance of some of the aliens may make them less scary for older 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 viewers in this age group may also find some of the above-mentioned scenes disturbing
Nothing of concern in the film but associated merchandise is likely to appeal to children.
The film contains occasional low level sexual references. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There occasional use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains mild coarse language and mane calling scattered throughout. Examples include:
Star Trek: Beyond is a science fiction action adventure targeting adolescents and adults, particularly those who are fans of the Star Trek TV series and films. This film is a return to the original characters of the 1960’s TV series and fans will not be disappointed. The sometimes intense violence and scary characters make the film unsuitable for children under 12 and parental guidance is recommended for viewers up to the age of 14.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include self-sacrifice and teamwork.
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