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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 14 (violence; disturbing scenes; sexual references)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, disturbing scenes and sexual references.|
|Children aged 13–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and sexual references.|
|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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||G.I. Joe: Retaliation|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The President of the U.S.A. (Jonathan Pryce) sends the G.I. Joe team lead by Duke (Channing Tatum) on a stealth mission to retrieve a number of nuclear warheads from political unstable Pakistan. However, the real President of the U.S.A. is replaced by the evil Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), a member of the sinister Cobra Organisation. In the guise of the President, Zartan orders the destruction of the entire G.I. Joe team upon completion of their mission. Only three team members survive the devastating attack, Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona), who set out to avenge the death of their colleagues.
After making their way home, Roadblock, Jaye and Flint discover that the President is not who he appears to be, and that their old enemies Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey), Zartan and Storm Shadow (Byung-Hum Lee) are the real masterminds behind the death of their brothers. The Joes also learn that Cobra Commander wants to gain control of the world and has a sinister master plan in action involving orbiting satellite weapons of mass destruction.
Enlisting the aid of retired General Joe Coltan (Bruce Willis) and some old friends, Roadblock and his small band of G.I. Joes mount an all out assault to stop Cobra Commander and save the world.
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.
Criminal organisations; revenge, weapons of mass destruction; nuclear war
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 intense sequences of action violence. While the depiction of blood and gore is kept to a minimum, the film has a very high body count with one scene depicting nuclear-like devastation and destruction of a major city. 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, children in this age group are likely to be disturbed by the scary characters, scenes of destruction, explosions and noise throughout this film and particularly by the following scenes:
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 are also likely to be disturbed by much of this movie and particularly the above-mentioned scary and disturbing scenes.
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 many scenes in this film.
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 be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The film is based upon G.I. Joe comics, action figures and other products which are marketed to children.
The film contains an occasional low-level sexual references and connotation. Examples include:
There is some partial 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:
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an action adventure targeting adolescent males and those who are fans of the cartoon series. It is a sequel to the first G.I. Joe film, The Rise of Cobra, picking up where the first film ends. Younger boys may be attracted to the film because G.I. Joe comics, action figures and associated merchandise are marketed to children, but the film is not suitable for them. It features constant violence and disturbing characters and scenes which are likely to scare under 13s and many younger teens.
The main messages from this movie are that:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss the mixed messages depicted in this film. For example, although Jaye presents herself as being equal to men and goes out of her way to prove it, she also uses her sexuality to seduce a man into giving her information.
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