Not suitable for children under 13 and not recommended under 15 (Themes; Violence; Scary and disturbing scenes and characters)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to themes, violence and scary and disturbing scenes and characters.|
|Children 13 to 15||Not recommended due to themes, violence and scary and disturbing scenes and characters.|
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:||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence, science fiction themes and sustained threat|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After surviving the ordeals of the maze (as seen in the first Maze Runner film) Thomas (Dylan O’Brian), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Newet (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) believe themselves to be safe within the walls of WCKD (“Wicked”) headquarters. However, their belief is shattered when Thomas and his new friend Aris (Jacob Lofland) discover that WCKD is experimenting on the young. WCKD is killing young people in a bid to develop a cure for the deadly disease called the “Flare” which has decimated most of the world’s population, turning those it infects into mutant zombies.
After learning of WCKD’s sinister plans, Thomas and his friends manage to escape the WCKD compound and head off across the scorched wastelands towards the mountains where they believe a resistance group known as “The Right Hand” is held up. After fighting off mutant humans and WCKD troupes lead by the vindictive Janson (Aiden Gillen), Thomas and Co are befriended by a man named Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and a girl called Brenda (Rosa Salazar), who claim they can lead them to the hiding place of the Right Hand. Unfortunately betrayal leads to WCKD finding Thomas and his friends, with the story being set to conclude in the next Maze Runner film.
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.
Human experimentation; destruction of civilisation; mutants; rebellion
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 extended sequences of violence, with a multitude of violent deaths including executions and suicide. Scenes depicting blood and gore are depicted throughout. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
This film would be terrifying for this age group. In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are a number of disturbing scenes and characters, 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 will also 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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent and disturbing scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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 many of the above-mentioned scenes.
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern
One scene depicts a group dancing. A teenage girl wraps her arms around the neck of the boy she is dancing with and kisses him passionately on the mouth.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some coarse language. Examples include:
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the second instalment in the Maze Runner series of science fiction action films based on James Dashner's best-selling young adult novels The end of the film is a real cliff-hanger, aimed at leaving the audience hungry for the third film in the series. Once again, the film deserves its M rating, with even more intense violence, blood and gore, and scary images and characters than its predecessor. The film is likely to be very disturbing for children. It is unsuitable for children under 13 and is not recommended for anyone under 15.
The main messages from this movie include:
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