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Not recommended under 12, PG to 14 (Violence, Scary scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 12-14||parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Lord of the Rings: The TwoTowers|
|Consumer advice lines:||Medium level violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is a sequel to Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. The end of the first episode saw the disbanding of the Fellowship which has now broken into three groups whose stories intertwine throughout the film.
Frodo and Sam continue their journey to Mordor, now accompanied by Gollum as their
guide. Gollum is torn between his desire to serve his new master or to kill him to regain his ‘precious’. This indecision continues throughout the film. Their path takes them through the Dead Marshes where dead people lie in watery graves lit by flaming torches. Frodo is mesmerised by this and falls into one of the pools. He almost drowns but is rescued by Gollum. Frodo and Sam are captured by the men of Gondor whose captain is Faramir, brother of Boromir. Faramir also greatly desires the ring and the power it wields however he finally releases Frodo and Sam when he comes to realise what’s at stake.
Meanwhile Merry and Pippin manage to escape the Orcs who are beset upon by the Riders of Rohan and are all killed. Merry and Pippin head into Fangorn Forest where they meet Treebeard, an Ent or tree herd. The Ents are very slow to make decisions and are reluctant to become involved in the war between Wizards and men. However they are greatly stirred up by the destruction of their forest and they march onto Isengard in fury, destroying everything but the tower.
Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli follow the trail of the two young hobbits to Fangorn where they again meet up with Gandalf who is now Gandalf the White. These four journey to Rohan where they manage to revive King Theoden who had been under the spell of Saruman. The King leads his men to battle against the mighty host of Isengard and this great battle is the culmination of this part of the story. The men are vastly outnumbered by the Uruk Hai but they battle valiantly on and are helped in the end by Gandalf who has managed to rally a host of over a thousand men from Westfold to claim victory over the host of Isengard.
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.
The supernatural; good versus 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 much violence in this film. It is mostly performed by heroes and is successful, with nearly all the victims being evil people or beings. As this is purely a fantasy film there are very few real life consequences. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There are many scary images in this film that would terrify children in this age group
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 are also likely to be scared by the above-mentioned scenes
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 may also be disturbed by some of 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
Some pipe smoking
None of concern
This is a film that adults would enjoy - with a great cast, beautiful scenery and good special effects. It is an heroic, epic tale full of adventure, tragedy and fantasy. Because of its violence and scary scenes, it is really not suitable for children and the M rating is appropriate.
The main message in this movie is that good triumphs over evil. In this case the evil
beings are Orcs, Uruk Hai, Wargs or Wolves, and the evil wizards Sauron and Saruman.
Values parents may wish to encourage include:
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