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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 15 (violence, disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 13
|Not suitable due to violence, and disturbing scenes and themes
|Children aged 13–15
|Parental guidance recommended due to violence, and disturbing scenes and themes
|Children aged 16 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:
|Maze Runner: The Death Cure
|Consumer advice lines:
|Science fiction themes and violence
This review of the movie contains the following information:
As humanity is threatened by a deadly virus, the opening scene of the film sees virus-immune Thomas (Dylan O’Brian), along with a band of rebels, carrying out a raid on a prison train. They are hoping to rescue Thomas’s best friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and other virus-immune youth. Minho and the other captives are being used as lab rats by a totalitarian organisation known as W.C.K.D. (Wicked), members of which perform torture-like experiments in an attempt to find a cure for the virus. Unfortunately, while many of the prisoners are rescued, Minho is not one of them. Thomas later learns that Minho has been taken to world’s last remaining city, a walled fortress controlled by W.C.K.D.
Not wanting to risk his friends, Thomas sets off by himself but before long is joined by Frypan (Dexter Darden), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito). Along the way, the rescuers battle with bands of virus-infected humans until they make it to the walled city. It is at this point that Thomas must confront demons from his past, as the only way into the city is with the help of the resistance’s greatest betrayer Teresa (Kaya Scodelario). With Teresa’s reluctant help they gain access to the high security area where Minho is being held prisoner but the rescue attempt leads to unexpected outcomes and sacrifices.
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.
Fatal viruses; The extinction of humanity; Resistance fighters; Self-sacrifice.
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 intense sequences of violence, including close-ups of deaths and some psychological torture. There are some gruesome images. 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 and characters in this movie 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 in this age group are also likely to be disturbed 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 are also likely to 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
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the third and last in this trilogy and is a film likely to interest fans of the previous two, and of the books. Due to violent and disturbing scenes, it is most suited to older teens and young adults. It is not suitable for children under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for the 13 to 15 age group.
The main messages from this movie, which parents may wish to discuss with their children, are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include friendship, trust and cooperation.
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