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Not suitable under 14; parental guidance to 15 (violence, sustained threat, language, themes)
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|Children under 14||Not suitable due to violence, sustained threats, language and themes.|
|Children aged 14–15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, sustained threats, language and themes.|
|Children aged 16 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Batman, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Sustained threat, violence and coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In an effort to continue his murdered parents’ legacy, Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) hides in the shadows of Gotham under the guise of Batman, protecting the innocent and attempting to curb the steadily increasing crime and corruption plaguing the entire city. On Halloween night the Mayor (Rupert Penry-Jones) is brutally murdered and a message is left with the body for ‘The Batman’. Risking his reputation with other officers, Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) invites Batman onto the scene to get his perspective on the case and to show him the message which was little more than a cipher that lead to another clue and ultimately another murder. ‘The Riddler’, as the serial killer is come to be called, wants to stop the lies they have all been told; consequently, he begins attacking the most powerful and corrupt members of society, invoking fear and horror wherever he strikes. Following a lead, Batman tries to track down a girl pictured with the murdered mayor, who, unfortunately, disappears before he is able to find her. Her friend, Selina (Zoe Kravitz), is distraught by her friend’s obvious abduction and is determined to track her down. Working alongside Batman, Selina helps him infiltrate an infamous mobster nightclub but in the process they both learn more than they bargained for. Meanwhile, The Riddler (Paul Dano) begins to target the entire city, killing indiscriminately in ways that no one saw coming. Horrified that The Riddler used him as inspiration and disturbed by the information he learned about his family, Batman goes to heroic lengths to prove his worth not only to a city that mistrusts and reviles him but also to himself and to the little boy who was once powerless and unable to save his parents.
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.
Crime; Corruption; Serial killing; Death of a parent or parents; Drug abuse; Murder; Violence as a means to solve conflict; The dangerous power of social media.
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 frequent 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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Batman is an action adventure based on the comic strip superhero. The film is long and dark but the characters are well developed and the plot contains numerous twist and turns. Due to the themes, language and violence this is not a family film but one that will be best enjoyed by older teen and adult audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that revenge will not change the past but surviving can transform people if they simply allow it to. Surviving means finding, within yourself, the power to endure and the strength to carry on.
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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