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Not recommended under 13; parental guidance recommended 13-15 due to violent and disturbing scenes
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|Children under 13||not recommended due to violent and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violent 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:||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence and infrequent coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with a flashback to the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We also see news footage of a world in chaos after an outbreak of a man-made simian flu virus wipes out most of the world’s human population.
Ten years later we find that Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his band of genetically modified super apes have multiplied into hundreds and have created an ape city where they live together in a self-governed and harmonious society. The apes have had no contact with humans since their escape into the wilderness, but all that changes when a small group of humans led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke) come across the apes while searching for an abandoned hydroelectric dam. Malcolm and his team belong to a group of human survivors who have established a colony in the ruins of San Francisco and want to reactivate the hydroelectric dam to supply the colony with power. When a trigger-happy human shoots one of Caesar’s apes, Caesar orders the humans to leave. To make sure the humans understand, Caesar marches an army of mounted apes in to San Francisco giving the humans an ultimatum - stay away from the apes’ territory or Caesar will declare war on the humans.
Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) the leader of the Colonists sends Malcolm and small group of humans to try and compromise with Caesar. Unfortunately, Koba (Toby Kebbell), an ape who was tortured and experimented on by humans, wants his revenge and plots to overthrow Caesar. This results in the near death of Caesar and an all-out war between the apes and humans.
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.
Human extinction; viral plagues; experiments on animals
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 action violence, including violence against animals and destruction of property. 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 above-mentioned violent and disturbing scenes.
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 be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
None of concern
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:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is darker and more intense than the previous film in the series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. There is more violence, particularly gun violence, and character development is more in-depth, particularly for the apes. The film is thought-provoking and disturbing in parts, with some violent and scary scenes which make it unsuitable for children under 13, while parent guidance could be helpful for slightly older children who are allowed to see the film.
The main messages from this movie centre around tolerance and acceptance of difference, with an emphasis on the fundamental similarities between humans and apes. Parents may wish to discuss the implications of this message for our relationships with primates.
Parents may also like to discuss how a single bad experience can affect an individual’s entire life (whether they are human or animal) leaving them emotionally and physically scarred. The ape Koba’s vengeful nature resulted from being experimented on by humans and leads to his ultimate destruction.
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