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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 12–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 14||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:||Dune (2021)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science-fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), son of the Duke of Caladan (Oscar Isaac), dreams of a distant planet called Arrakis. He sees the endless waves of sand and the spices that float in the air of this dry and desolate place; he sees the cruelty of the Harkonnen who ravage the land and abuse the native Fremen; he sees the greed of the Harkonnen grow in their desperation to control the spice trade, the most valuable substance in the universe; he sees the Fremen warriors try and fail to rid themselves of their oppressors; and he sees a beautiful, mysterious, warrior (Zendaya) leading him through these dreams. When the Emperor sends word that the house of Atreides has been tasked with bringing peace to Arrakis, Paul hopes to help his father bring change to the oppressed planet and govern respectfully. Little do they know that, fuelled by jealousy of the respect and success they have had on Caladan, they have been sent to Arrakis to fail. When the Imperial army joins forces with the brutal and ousted Harkonnen they return to Arrakis with the intension of not only killing off the last of the house of Atreides but of exterminating all the Fremen as well. Meanwhile, with the help of his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and her witchlike powers, Paul finds himself at the centre of an ancient prophecy about a young man who will come to Arrakis to save their people and lead the universe into a time of peace.
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.
Genocide; Intergalactic politics; Subjugation of a nation; War; Betrayal; Witchcraft and prophecies.
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 some 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:
Dune is a science fiction, fantasy film with an excellent cast and a well-developed storyline. Due to the violence and themes it is not a family film but one that will best be enjoyed by teens, mature audiences and sci-fi adventure fans.
The main messages from this movie are that we must rise above fear; that dreams are messages from the deep and that we should not underestimate their power or influence; that greatness is not a destination you achieve but rather a journey you undertake; and that the most powerful asset a kingdom can possess lies in the unified strength of its people.
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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