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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 14 (violence, disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, and disturbing themes and scenes.|
|Children aged 13–14||Parental guidance strongly recommended due to violence, and disturbing themes and 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:||Jurassic Park (3D)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Jurassic Park (3D) is the updated version of the classic adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. The story centres upon Jurassic Park, a nature reserve established on a remote South American island by billionaire businessman John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). Hammond and his team of dedicated scientists have populated the park with a variety of genetically engineered dinosaurs. This technological breakthrough was made possible by extracting and manipulating the DNA from dinosaur blood found in the stomachs of ancient fossilised mosquitoes.
As the reserve nears completion, Hammond invites selected guests to view the site, in the hope of attracting recognised experts to take on management roles at the park. These visitors include palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), his partner, palaeobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and chaos mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Hammond’s grandchildren, Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello) are also given the opportunity to see the park and its amazing creatures.
Initially, the visitors are all suitably impressed and astounded at the re-created dinosaurs and carefully replicated habitats. Unfortunately, their wonder turns to fear when the park’s computer system is disabled and several dinosaurs escape the high-voltage confines.The remains of the film shows their desparate fight for survival.
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.
Humans versus the natural world; Genetic engineering.
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 frequent violent episodes involving dinosaurs and their prey. There are also some episodes of violence perpetrated by humans on dinosaurs. 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 depicting rampaging dinosaurs and people in peril that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including:
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 is some product placement in this movie, including:
There are some very mild sexual references in this movie, including:
There are some mild depictions of substance use in this film, including:
There is some mildly coarse and threatening language in this film, including:
Jurassic Park (3D) is the 3D update of a classic, well-devised film that operates at a range of levels. Taken at face value, it offers a fast-paced science fiction adventure which has attained almost iconic status in recent years (due partly to its pioneering use of computer-generated special effects). Beyond this immediate layer, Jurassic Park also contains an exploration of the role of humans on the earth, questioning the drive for dominance over the planet and nature itself.
Given the multiple frightening and violent scenes, with realistic dinosaurs and some gory and disturbing scenes, this is not a film for younger children. Although the original film was classified PG for "Medium level violence", the new version is classified M for "Violence". The 3D effects make it much more intense and scary for children, particularly on large screens. It is therefore not recommended for under 14s with parental guidance strongly recommended for 14 year olds.
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 older children the long-term, global consequences of human actions on the planet and the implications of using new technologies, like cloning, just because we can
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