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Not suitable under 13, parental guidance recommended 13-15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|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:||Hercules|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence, blood and infrequent coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with a montage of scenes and images depicting the trials and tribulations of Hercules from birth to adulthood. We learn that Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is a demigod and the son of Zeus, King of the Gods, and that as a type of retribution, Hercules was given 12 arduous tasks to complete. He is now suffering ongoing despair over the death of his wife and children and has joined with several others to become a mercenary.
Following the film’s opening montage we find Hercules and his warrior companions in a village inn. Hercules’ companions include a mystical seer named Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Hercules’ lifelong friend Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) an Amazon warrior, an axe wielding mute named Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), and Hercules’ nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie). Their relaxation is cut short when a beautiful and mysterious woman walks into the inn and pleads for Hercules’ help. The woman is Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson). Her father Lord Cotys (John Hurt) is being threatened by an army of demons and Ergenia offers Hercules his weight in gold to help her father defeat the demon army. Hercules accepts Ergenia’s offer and sets off with his band of followers.
After defeating the demon armies harassing Lord Cotys’ villagers, Hercules discovers that all is not as it appears. He decides to stay around and find out what is really going on, a decision that leads to more trouble for him.
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.
Greek myths; demigods; mercenaries; deception; betrayal, and jealousy
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 action violence, multiple deaths, and graphic images of blood and gore. 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 many 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 the above-mentioned violence and disturbing 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 are also likely to be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern
The film contains occasional low-level sexual innuendoes. Examples include:
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:
Hercules is a fantasy action adventure targeting older adolescents and adult fans of such films. The film has some entertaining comic relief and gives a new twist on an otherwise predictable story by depicting Hercules as a mortal adventurer and opportunist rather than an immortal demigod. The film contains frequent violence with some disturbing images of death and blood, so is not suitable for children under 13 with parental guidance recommended for 13 to 15 year olds.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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