Australian Council on Children and the Media

Star Wars Episode 11: the attack of the clones

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What’s it about?

Ten years later, Padme Amidala is now a senator for the planet Naboo. Someone attempts to kill her but fails and so to keep her safe, Chancellor Palpatine requests that Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobe and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker come to protect her. When a second attempt is made, Jedi Masters Yoda and Mace Windu assign Obi-Wan Kenobe to find the would be killer.

Obi-Wan finds the killer, a bounty hunter named Jango Fett, on the planet Kamino, where he also finds a secret cloned army. Obi-Wan doesn’t manage to capture Jango however, and follows him to the planet Geonosis. There he finds Jango is working for Count Dooku, a former Jedi Master who has turned to the dark side of the force.  Meanwhile, Anakin and Padme are in trouble as they travel to the planet Tatooine when Anakin believes his Mother is in terrible danger.

What to look out for

There is quite a lot of fighting throughout this movie including battle scenes between robot droids, war machines and human clones. Some scenes include:

  • Obi-Wan jumps through a plate glass window and falls before grabbing hold of a flying droid/machine. Obi-Wan dangles there while it is flying at speed, until he is shot by a laser gun and falls to the ground. He manages to land safely on another machine.
  • Light sabres are used to chop off people’s arms and heads and to slice people in half.
  • Anakin’s Mother is seen tied to a wooden frame, with cuts to her face. He cuts her down but she dies in his arms.

As well, there is a lot that could frighten children in this movie such as:

  • The many alien creatures which are creepy and scary looking with claw-like fingernails, and sharp teeth.
  • Cloned foetuses are shown growing in large containers.
  • The scene in which a man wearing a helmet has his head chopped off.  This is witnessed by his young son, who picks up the helmeted head and stares at it.

Moral of the Story

The main message of this movie is that if you hold onto hatred and anger it will bring out the worst in you.

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