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Not recommended under 13; PG to 15 (Violence; Scary and disturbing scenes and characters)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, and scary and disturbing scenes and characters.|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes|
|Children 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.
|Name of movie:||Jupiter Ascending|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence and science fiction themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) lives in Chicago with her mother and extended Russian immigrant family. She cleans the houses of rich people and dreams of buying a telescope to view the stars. Out of the blue Jupiter’s life is turned upside down when three intergalactic bounty hunters along with several alien creatures called “Keepers” (who are able to disguise themselves as humans) appear on the scene, intent on killing her. Luckily for Jupiter, a genetically engineered alien warrior (part human part wolf) named Caine Wise (Canning Tatum) has been sent to protect her and he manages to snatch Jupiter from the clutches of the evil aliens just in the nick of time.
As the story unfolds we learn that Jupiter is the genetic reincarnation of a dead alien queen who, before her death, owned the planet Earth. Unfortunately for Jupiter the dead alien queen left behind three tyrannical evil heirs, all of whom want to kill Jupiter so that they can own Earth. The three heirs Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne), Titus Abrasax (Douglas Booth and Kalique Abrasax (Tuppence Middleton) have lived for thousands of years by harvesting the inhabitants of alien planets and turning them into an elixir to rejuvenate their ancient bodies. This is what they intend to do with Earth’s inhabitants.
Jupiter is kidnapped by each of the three Abrasax siblings in turn and they try either to kill Jupiter or bend her to their will. Fortunately Caine manages to rescue Jupiter each time, but in the end Jupiter must come to terms with her destiny.
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.
Space travel and aliens; genetic experimentation; reincarnation; immortality; immigrant families
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 science fiction action violence with some prolonged sequences and multiple deaths including the depiction of some 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 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 in this age group will also be disturbed by the scenes described above
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 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 some of the above mentioned scenes.
None of concern
The film contains some low-level sexual reference and innuendo. Examples include:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some substance use in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Jupiter Ascending is a science fiction action drama from the makers of the Matrix trilogy. The story is predictable and the film seems like a patchwork of numerous similar films and books with familiar looking creatures and characters. While the action scenes are fast paced with copious amounts of stylised fighting there is nothing new.
There are many scary characters, and violent and disturbing scenes which justify the M rating. It is too disturbing for young children and not recommended for children under 13. Some young teens may need parental guidance.
The main message from this movie is that being being part of a loving family is worth more than being a queen or owning a planet.
Parents may also wish to discuss with their children how the film objectifies women, specifically as sexual playthings.
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