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Not suitable under 10; not recommended under 12; parental guidance to 13 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence, language, and scary and intense scenes.|
|Children aged 10–11||Not recommended due to violence, language, and scary and intense scenes.|
|Children aged 12–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Avatar: The Way of Water|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes, action violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ten years have passed since the events of the previous Avatar movie, when Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) made the decision to leave his avatar body and live in Pandora as chief of the Omatikaya people. Jake is happily married to Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), with their three biological children, sons Neteyam (Jamie Flatters) and Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), and daughter Tuk (Trinity Jo-Li Bliss) as well as their adopted daughter, Kiri (Sigourney Weaver) (born from Grace Augustine's avatar), and a human boy named Spider, (Jake Champion) who was left behind when the humans returned to Earth. Their peace is shattered, however, when the Sky people (humans) return to Pandora, led by Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang), looking to colonise Pandora as Earth is dying. Quaritch had been killed on the last mission to Pandora but the humans have recreated him as a ‘recombinant’, cloned into a Na’vi body and implanted with the memories of the former person.
Jake leads the attack against the invaders, inciting Quaritch to find and destroy him as a traitor to the human race. Quaritch manages to capture Jake’s children but Jake and Neytiri free most of them, apart from Spider. Quaritch recognises Spider as his son and wants to protect him from harm. Jake realises that he is a threat to the rest of the Omatikaya people and so flees with his family. They seek sanctuary on an island with the Metkayina reef people. Some of the Metkayina are not too keen to take them in as they know the danger they might bring with them. Some of them also despise their human connection. The Chief Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) decides to take them in, despite his wife Ronal’s (Kate Winslet) misgivings. Their son, Aonung (Filip Geljo), takes an instant dislike to the newcomers but their daughter, Tsireya (Bailey Bass), befriends Lo’ak and teaches the children the ways of the reef people. Kiri develops an affinity to the sea creatures while Lo’ak befriends a tulkun named Payakan, large whale-type creatures who are the spirit brothers and sisters of the Metkayina.
Quaritch eventually catches up with Jake by employing the help of a tulkun hunter to draw him out. When many tulkuns are slaughtered, it leads to all-out war between the Sky people, Jake and the Metkayina people, who are also helped by Payakan.
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.
Science Fiction; Environmental Conservation; Tribalism; Spiritualism.
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.
There is a lot of violence in this movie, including:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children over the age of thirteen, including the following:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Avatar: The Way of Water is an action adventure, sci-fi spectacular with stunning graphics and underwater filmography. There is a stark contrast shown between the indigenous peoples who nurture and care for the environment and the creatures that live in it, and the invading colonisers who destroy everything in their way. Although it is 3 hours long, the movie is exciting and intense, which, together with the violence and scary scenes, makes it unsuitable for children under 10, not recommended for children under 12 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 12 – 13 years old.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of family and to stand up to tyranny and oppression.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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