Not recommended under 12, parental guidance recommended 12-14 (Violence; Scary and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes|
|Children 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes|
|Children 14 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:||Godzilla|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film begins with a prologue featuring black and white 1950’s style footage of a monster named Godzilla lurking beneath the water of the Bikini Atoll and the detonation of an atomic bomb which supposedly destroys the creature.
The film jumps forward to the year 1999 where scientists Dr Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are in the Philippines investigating underground caverns. They discover the fossilised remains of a gigantic dinosaur-like creature and two egg-shaped pods, one of which has recently hatched, releasing an offspring of the creature into the ocean.
Meanwhile in Japan, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) who have a young son called Ford, are responsible for investigating the safety of a nuclear power station which is experiencing seismic activity. While they are there, the power station is destroyed by a massive explosion, killing Sandra and leaving the surrounding area a nuclear waste-land.
The film jumps to the year 2014 where we find Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), now a grown man with his own wife and young son. Ford’s father Joe, who is still haunted by his wife’s death and his belief that something sinister lay behind it, lives in Japan and is bent on uncovering the real reason for the destruction of the nuclear power station. After his father is arrested for venturing into the nuclear wasteland, Ford flies to Japan to release him from prison. Joe manages to convince Ford that there is some validity to his story and they go back to the destroyed power plant to find their proof.
What Ford and his father discover is a massive cocooned creature which has been feeding for the past fifteen years from the radioactivity emitted from the ruins of the power plant. As Ford and Joe observe the pulsating cocoon, the MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) breaks out, wreaking destruction and death before it spreads its massive wings and flies off in search of a mate.
After the MUTO finds its mate, the two creatures threaten the future of the world until a third gigantic creature, the legendary Godzilla, who is the natural enemy of the two MUTOs emerges from the depth of the ocean and a titanic battle erupts.
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.
Nuclear power and radiation; prehistoric creatures; government conspiracy
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 mass destruction, battles between soldiers and monsters, multiple deaths and injury, and the use of nuclear weapons. Some blood and gore are depicted. 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 numerous 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 many of the above-mentioned scenes, particularly those involving children.
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.
Most children over 13 are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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Social drinking by adults.
The film contains occasional low-level coarse language and occasional name calling. Examples include:
Godzilla is a science fiction action film featuring a familiar character from the past but targeting a new generation of adolescents. While the film contains minimal depiction of blood and gore it does contain violent and scary scenes, frightening monsters, some emotionally intense moments and scenes depicting children in danger. The film is therefore not recommended for under 12s with parental guidance recommended for children aged 12-14.
The main message from this movie is that nature is in control of the planet not people and it is best to let nature take its course and not interfere.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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