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Not suitable under 13, PG strongly recommended 13-15 (Violence; Scary and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, scary and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance strongly recommended due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 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:||Mortal Instruments: City of Bones|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first in what is likely to be a series based on books by Cassandra Clare. The story unfolds as sixteen-year-old Clary Fray (Lily Collins) becomes entangled in a series of strange happenings. Firstly, Clary finds herself subconsciously drawing mysterious rune-like symbols, which put Clary’s mother Jocelyn (Lena Headey) on edge. Secondly, while visiting a nightclub with her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) Clary sees a trio of strange looking people, who are invisible to all but Clary, who attack and kill a young man.
The following day Clary receives a frantic call from her mother and races home to find the house wrecked and her mother missing. Clary is confronted by a Rottweiler dog that turns into a demonic creature bent on killing her. Luckily for Clary she is rescued in the nick of time by the invisible young man she saw committing murder the previous night. It turns out that Clary’s invisible rescuer Jace (Jamie Campbell) is a Shadowhunter, a half human, half angel, whose job it is to hunt down and destroy demons.
To help Clary understand what is happening, Jace takes Clary and Simon to a sanctuary where Clary meets a group of young Shadowhunters led by an ageing Shadowhunter called Hodge (Jared Harris). Clary learns that she too is a Shadowhunter with supernatural powers and that the world is full of supernatural beings including demons, vampires, werewolves and witches. Through Hodge, Clary learns that an ex-Shadowhunter named Valentine (Jonathan Rys Meyer) is responsible for her mother’s abduction.
Determined to rescue her mother, Clary teams up with Jace and the other Shadowhunters to confront Valentine.
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.
Supernatural beings and powers
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 fantasy action violence, at times somewhat brutal, using swords, knives and spears. There is torture, the depiction of some deaths and some blood and gore. 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 scenes and characters in this movie that are likely to 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.
Children in this age group are also very likely to be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes and by the following 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 many of the above mentioned scenes and characters.
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes and characters.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The film contains some low-level sexual references and innuendo. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is an action fantasy film similar to the Twilight Saga films but coming a poor second to that series. The film is based upon a series of fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare but has a confusing plot and stereotypical characters. The film’s violence, scary characters including vampires and werewolves, and disturbing scenes including transformations make it unsuitable for under13s and some older children. Parental guidance is strongly recommended for younger teens who may be attracted to the film by the attractive actors, or who are familiar with the books.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include courage as displayed by Clary’s mother Jocelyn, Clary herself, Simon, Jace, Alec and Isabel on multiple occasions throughout the film, as they risk their lives to protect others.
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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