Not recommended under 15 due to violence, disturbing scenes and sexual references.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to violence, disturbing scenes and sexual references|
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:||Gods of Egypt|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The god Osiris (Brian Brown) rules over the lands and people of Egypt but is about to hand his crown over to his son Horus, “Lord of the Air”. (Nikolai Coster-Waldan) However on the day of the coronation, Osiris’s brother, the resentful, jealous and ambitious Set (Gerard Butler) arrives with an army and kills Osiris. Set then defeats Horus in combat, plucks out his eyes (which are the source of Horus’s power) and exiles him.
In the years that follow Set becomes a tyrant, enslaving the masses and murdering all who defy him. Hope arrives in the form of a young mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) and his true love Zaya (Courtney Eaton). Zaya steals plans to the vault where Horus’s eyes are kept and convinces Bek to break into the vault, steal the eyes and return them to Horus, who with his superpowers returned can then defeat Set.
Bek manages to steal one of Horus’s eyes from the vault and escape, but at the cost of Zaya’s life. Bek makes a deal with Horus that, in exchange for his sight, Horus will bring Zaya back from the dead once he has defeated Set. After regaining his sight, Horus sets about taking revenge on Set and stopping the God of Darkness from destroying all of creation.
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.
Egyptian mythology; the supernatural; vengeance; tyranny
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 extended sequences of intense fantasy violence which are at times brutal and disturbing, although with an unrealistic lack of blood and gore (the gods have gold blood which lessens the impact). Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Most of this film would be very scary for children this age. There are many scary giant gods and mythical creatures such as minotaurs, giant elephants, giant scorpions and beetles, cobras with mouths full of sharp fangs. The gods transform into scary creatures with bird or dog characteristics and armoured statues become animated. The chaos demon is depicted as a giant maw filled with razor sharp teeth which can devour the whole of creation.
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 would also be disturbed by the above-mentioned violent and scary 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 would also be disturbed by many of the above-mentioned violent and scary 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 the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes.
None of concern
The film contains sexual references and innuendo scattered throughout. Examples include:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some occasional low-level coarse language and name calling. Examples include:
Gods of Egypt is an epic action fantasy that targets adolescent males and is likely to attract younger teenage boys. It has received a number of negative reviews for an uninteresting story line, bad acting and poor dialogue. At 127 minutes, it is also very long. The many violent and scary scenes and characters make it unsuitable for children and young teens. Parents may also be concerned about the sexual references and attitudes to women displayed in the film. It deserves its M rating and is not recommended for viewers under 15.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to discuss how the film depicts women - the manner in which the film objectifies women as sexual objects, and how this depiction could impact on young viewers.
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