Not recommended under 10, PG to 13 (Violence and scary scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 10 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 13 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.
|Name of movie:||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This sequel to Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief is set seven years after the first film. In Sea of Monsters we find Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), half human demigod, together with his Cyclops half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), close friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and a satyr named Grover (Brandon T Jackson) hard at work at Camp Half Blood, a training camp for demigods. Without warning, a fire breathing mechanical bull breaks through the camp’s protective barrier (created by a magical tree that sprouted from the body of a dying demigod named Thalia) and attacks Percy and his friends. While they manage to destroy the mechanical bull, the magical tree has been poisoned and is dying, leaving the camp open to attack.
The Thalia tree can be bought back to good health with the magical healing properties of the legendary Golden Fleece, which unfortunately is being guarded by a giant Cyclops on a remote island in the Sea of Monsters. It is decided that Percy and his friends must go on a quest to recover the Golden Fleece. Along the way, Percy comes up against his old nemesis, a demigod named Luke Castellan (Jake Abel), who wants the Fleece to revive a dead Titan named Kronos.
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.
Greek mythology; the supernatural
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 fantasy action violence throughout including stylised fighting. There is little blood and gore but the deaths of a couple of lead characters (who later reappear) are depicted. 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 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the above mentioned violent and scary 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 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.
OK for this age group
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some mild sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some low-level coarse language scattered throughout. Examples include:
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a fantasy adventure targeting younger teens. The film contains medium level fantasy action violence and peril throughout with little depiction of blood and gore. There are scary scenes and characters likely to disturb children under 10 and some slightly older so the film is not recommended for under 10s and parental guidance is recommended between 10 and 13. While younger teens will find the film entertaining, older teens and adults may find the film’s storyline lacking, with no standout performances from the cast.
The main messages from this movie are:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss the real life consequences of risk taking as opposed to the events in the film where leading characters come back to life after being killed.
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