Not suitable under 13; not recommended 13-15 (Violence; Very disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and very disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 13 to 15||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this age group but issues to discuss with teens|
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:||In the Heart of the Sea|
|Consumer advice lines:||Survival themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In the Heart of the Sea is based on the true story that inspired the writing of the classic novel Moby Dick. In 1850 Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) travels to Nantucket Island to interview Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) about the sinking of a ship, the Essex, thirty years earlier. Thomas was a teenage member of the crew when the ship sank and now, as an older man, is very reluctant to talk about the events surrounding the tragedy. His wife (Michelle Fairley) persuades him to do so as a way to end his torment.
The Essex was a whaling ship, which set sail with an inexperienced Captain, George Pollard (Benjamin Walker) and first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth). Pollard firstly steers the ship into a frightening storm to ‘toughen up’ the men but only causes havoc and destruction to the ship. In order not to go home empty handed, the Captain decides to sail 2000 nautical miles out from the coast to pursue a huge pod of whales and a mythical giant, white whale.
The giant whale attacks their ship causing it to sink with the loss of many men. The survivors are adrift in lifeboats for 90 days. At one point they reach a rocky island but realising that help won’t be coming, they set out again on their small boats. The men have to survive storms, starvation, and fear, and what they do to survive causes them to question their own moral beliefs and fundamental ethics.
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.
Whaling: survival; cannibalism
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.
There is violence in this movie including:
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, much of this movie is likely to 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 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.
In addition to the above mentioned scenes, there are scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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, including the killing and butchering of whales, the men drawing lots to see who should die, and the accounts of eating a dead man.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
In the Heart of the Sea is an adventure drama about surviving a shipwreck, and the life-long effects of such an experience. It is most suited to older teens and adults but, because it will be showing during the school holidays, it is likely to appeal to younger teens and tweens. Parents are warned that it is very realistically portrayed and very intense, particularly the scene when the men draw lots to see who will die, and also the frightening and gruesome scenes of whaling. The narrative about having to eat a dead man to stay alive is very disturbing and makes the film unsuitable for tweens and younger teens.
The main messages from this movie are that moral values are called into question under extreme circumstances and that one shouldn’t judge others who have had to survive under those conditions.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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