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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance strongly recommended to 15 (violence, disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 13–15||Parental guidance strongly recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 16 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:||Hunger Games, The: Mockingjay - Part 1|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After being rescued by rebel forces at the end of Catching Fire (the second instalment in the Hunger Games series of films), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is distraught and traumatised. She now lives with the rebels in an underground stronghold beneath the ruins of District 13. Also living with the rebels are Katniss’s friends Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemswoth), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) and Effie Trinket (Elizabet Banks). Peeta Mellark ( Josh Hutcherson) and several other surviving Hunger Games participants are being held hostage by President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
We learn that as a result of Katniss’ defiance of the Capitol and President Snow, the workers of other districts have begun to band together and rebel against the Capitol. To inspire the districts to revolt, the president of the rebels President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) convinces Katniss to act as rallying point for the masses. Katniss is to become the “Mockingjay” - a symbol to inspire rebellion.
With the intent of making propaganda videos, Katniss and her friends set off to visit several of the Districts destroyed by President Snow’s troops. During filming, Katniss and her film crew are attacked by bomber planes sent from the Capitol but Katniss, ever defiant, fights back.
Bent on destroying Katniss, President Snow sends out a force of bombers to destroy the rebels’ underground fortress, while the rebels simultaneously send a team into the heart of the Capitol to rescue Peeta and other hostages. Katniss now discovers the true horror of President Snow’s revenge against her.
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.
Tyranny and oppression; rebellion; mass murder; propaganda and brainwashing; hostages
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 some intense sequences of realistic violence that are likely to disturb some viewers. These include public executions and war scenes with a high body count. There are also constant references to violence, including hanging, poisoning and 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 eight 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 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 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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a fantasy action adventure based on The Hunger Games series of books. This third instalment in the series is darker and more political than its predecessors, focussing on revolution and the overthrow of the Capitol rather than the violent reality games for which the books are named. There are therefore no scenes of children killing children. However the film does contain some intense violence and disturbing images, with the heroine Katniss being shown as unhappy and traumatised. For this reason, our reviewer found the film unsuitable for under 13s, and strongly recommends parental guidance for the 13-15 age group.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may also wish to talk about self-sacrifice and how many of the characters placed their love for others above their own needs and wants, even to the point of sacrificing their own lives.
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