Not recommended under 9, PG 9-13. (Violence, scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language)
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to violence, scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children aged 9-13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes, sexual references and coarse language|
|Children over the age of 13||OK with or without parental guidance|
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:||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy violence, mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Speeding away from a dying planet somewhere in the cosmos, a silver streak called The Silver Surfer makes a bee-line for Earth where he immediately wreaks havoc causing water of the coast of Japan to freeze solid, snow to blanket Egypt and giant craters appear across the surface of the planet. Meanwhile, the Fantastic Four consisting of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), Sue Storm/Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), Ben Grimm/The Thing (Michael Chiklis), and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch (Chris Evans) are spending their time dodging the media and preparing for Reed and Sue’s wedding.
Their old enemy, Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) who was thought to have died, was really only in suspended animation and has awoken with ideas of world domination. Dr. Doom manages to make contact with the Silver Surfer offering an alliance, but the Silver Surfer refuses.
Alarmed by the strange phenomena occurring across the planet General Hagar (Andre Braugher) approaches Reed for assistance. After the Fantastic Four fail in their attempts to track down the Silver Surfer, General Hagar insists that they work together with Dr. Doom. With Doom and the Fantastic Four’s assistance, General Hagar’s army manages to disarm and capture the Silver Surfer whom they then imprison and torture.
Sue Storm discovers that the Silver Surfer is an unwilling servant of a world-devouring entity known as Galactus, and that only the Silver Surfer has the power to stop Galactus. It is at this point that Dr. Doom reveals his true colours by killing General Hagar and stealing the Silver Surfer’s board (the Surfer’s source of power), which Doom believes will gives him the power needed to rule the planet.
The climax of the film sees Galactus beginning to consume Earth, while the Fantastic Four combine their powers to battle Dr. Doom and the Silver Surfer challenges Galactus.
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.
Aliens and the supernatural, torture, global destruction
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.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer contains stylised comic book action violence and some slapstick violence. There are some scenes depicting more brutal violence and one scene containing images of torture. 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.
Children in this age group may also be scared or disturbed by the violence and scary images described above.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared or disturbed by the violence and scary images described above
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.
Children over the age of thirteen years are unlikely to be disturbed by the scary images depicted in the film.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern, apart from the threatened use of a syringe in the torture scene
The film contains some low level coarse language and putdowns. Example include
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, based upon Marvel comic books, is a super hero action film. The film targets a young male audience (eight to fifteen years) although some of the film’s jokes are aimed at an older audience. The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss the use and justification of torture.
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