Jurassic World Dominion

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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, scary scenes)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Jurassic World Dominion
  • a review of Jurassic World Dominion completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 12 June 2022.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 12 Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.
Children aged 12–14 Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.
Children over the age of 14 Ok for this age group.

About the movie

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: Jurassic World Dominion
Classification: M
Consumer advice lines: Sustained Threat and Action Violence
Length: 147 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Four years have passed since the fall of Isla Nublar and dinosaurs now roam freely across the planet. The rise of human deaths from dinosaurs is increasing and the balance between co-existence and survival of the human species is faltering. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and partner, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), have moved to a remote mountain cabin where they live with 13-year-old Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), daughter of Charlotte Lockwood. They manage to maintain a sense of harmony with the local raptors.

Meanwhile, Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) teams up with her former partner, Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neil), to investigate the swarms of giant locusts that are devastating crops throughout the US. Their research leads them to multi-national company, BioSyn, whose crops are not affected by the locusts. The pair travel to the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, where BioSyn’s headquarters are located and where they keep captured dinosaurs to study their DNA. Heading this corporation is the nefarious Dr Lewis Dodgson (Cambell Scott). The two couples come together to fight the evil Dr Dodgson when Maisie and a baby velociraptor are both kidnapped by him. It transpires that both Maisie and the baby raptor were conceived as clones of their respective mothers and Dodgson needs their DNA to further his aims.

Themesinfo

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.

Dinosaurs; Genetic Engineering; Characters in peril; Predatory behaviour.

Use of violenceinfo

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 a lot of violence throughout this movie although no main characters are seriously hurt or injured. Some examples include:

  • Many scenes of dinosaurs fighting and threatening humans. Dinosaurs are seen eating humans and various body parts. Dinosaurs often chase and terrify characters by roaring loudly at them or appearing suddenly.
  • Several shoot-out scenes between the goodies and the baddies.
  • Activists are pursued by security forces firing rifles at them.
  • Vehicles crash into dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaurs are seen on fire.
  • A wolf attacks a rabbit and is then eaten by a dinosaur.
  • A baby raptor is lured by fox bait and its mother falls down a mountain trying to protect it.
  • Maisie is abducted.
  • A truck carrying a load of dinosaurs gets hit and rolls down a mountainside.
  • During a fight in an underground market place, a man falls into a fire pit and is set on fire.
  • Clare, Owen and a pilot are attacked during a flight by a flying dinosaur. The plane catches on fire and Clare ejects from her seat. The plane crashes but the other two survive.
  • Dodgson sets fire to the laboratory containing the giant locusts. They all catch on fire and swarm around the room. They crash through the roof and fly out into the open before falling to the ground as cinders. In so doing, they set the forest on fire and dinosaurs are seen on fire.
  • Maisie is seen trapped between the teeth of a huge dinosaur but is saved by the steel ladder she’s climbing.
  • All characters attack the huge dinosaur by throwing a flaming torch into its mouth, stabbing at it with knives, and shooting at it with a rifle and a Taser gun.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

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 five, including the following:

  • Children in this age group would be terrified by the huge menacing dinosaurs. They roar and threaten continuously throughout the movie.
  • The soundtrack of the movie is very loud.

Aged five to eightinfo

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:

  • Dinosaurs are seen being kept in small cages.
  • Owen lassoes a dinosaur and drags it along the ground.
  • A group of children are chased by the giant locusts.
  • A mother velociraptor threatens Maisie who is interacting with the baby raptor.
  • There is a large underground market which trades in dinosaurs and other things. The characters are all rather unsavoury.
  • Claire lands in the forest and is stalked by a dinosaur. She is hiding from it when it comes very close to her and she can see its eye.
  • Owen, Claire, Ellie and Alan are escaping from BioSyn with the help of their friend, Dr Malcolm. He puts them on a transit train to take them to the airfield but Dodgson shuts down the system. They are left to find their way through a dark tunnel which has many dinosaurs hiding in it.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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 violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:

  • Children in this age group are likely be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.

Over thirteeninfo

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.

  • Some children in this age group could be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.

Product placement

  • None noted.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • Two couples kiss occasionally.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Oh my God
  • Arsehole
  • Bastard
  • Shit
  • Bullshit
  • Hell
  • Damn.

In a nutshell

Jurassic World Dominion is a science fiction, adventure-filled movie, reportedly the last of the Jurassic World franchise. Once again, the film shows the moral dilemma of caring for animals while also protecting human beings. The dinosaurs are very frightening in appearance and in action over the length of the movie. Older children who have seen the earlier movies may not be too bothered by this one, however, it is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

The main messages from this movie are that science should not be used to exploit people or animals; and that wild animals should not be controlled.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Bravery
  • Selflessness
  • Teamwork
  • Looking after the environment.
  • Making good moral choices.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Why would Dr Dodgson want to manipulate the grain market for his own benefit?
  • Was it right for Owen and Claire to keep Maisie hidden away?