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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 13 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 13||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:||Legend of the Five, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes, violence and coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A sorceress (Beth Champion), once the dedicated guardian of the Tree of Life, joins forces with another group who want to ensure the safety of the Tree, in order to save her dying species. Losing her people and losing her sanity, the sorceress becomes obsessed with gaining power from the Tree. Cast out by the others in a bid to protect the Tree, the sorceress spends ages trying to find her way back through portals and enchantments but nothing works. The sorceress manipulates the lives of countless individuals to help her in her quest and many lose their lives in the process as a new guardian, a hideous beast, is now sworn to protect the tree. Her latest, unlikely, cast of five consist of: Zoe (Lauren Esposito) who has just moved back to Australia with her dad after losing her mom to cancer, Kaylee (Deborah An) an angry loner, the nerdy Owen (Leigh Joel Scott) who loves all things academic, the sporty Javier (Nicholas Adrianakos) and pretty and popular Caitlin (Gabi Sproule). The teenagers are on a high school field trip to a museum where they somehow unlock the secrets of an ancient staff and find themselves transported into another world where they must unlock their powers, confront their darkest fears and work together to save themselves from the beast; the Tree from the evil sorceress; and ultimately the future of all mankind.
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.
Death of a parent; magical powers; environmental regeneration; the triumph of good over evil.
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 some 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, there are some scenes in this movie that could 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 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:
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.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Legend of the Five is an Australian-based fantasy film, featuring some excellent makeup artistry and some basic special effects, that is likely to appeal to older children and teen audiences.
The main messages from this movie are that you have to be strong enough to let things go, that these things are never truly gone, and that all things are connected, including life and death.
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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