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Not suitable for under 13’s’ PG to 15 (Intense violence, apocalyptic themes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable|
|Children over the age of 13||Parental Guidance recommended|
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:||Pompeii|
|Consumer advice lines:||Contains intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in Britannia 62 AD, a young Celtic (horse-tribe) boy named Milo (Dylan Schombing) wakes up to the sounds of his village being attacked by Roman soldiers. Milo witnesses the execution of every man, woman and child in his village by the Romans including his own Mother and Father while he feigns death to survive. Milo manages to escape the carnage, but a short time later is discovered and captured by a band of slavers.
Seventeen years later (79AD), Milo ((Kit Harington) is now a grown man and champion gladiator fighting for his life in the arenas of Britannia’s capital city of Londinium. Milo’s owner, a man named Graecus (Joe Pingue), decides that Milo is too good for the arenas of Londinium and decides that Milo should fight in the coliseum of Pompeii.
Along the road to Pompeii, Milo unexpectedly meets the princess Cassia (Emily Browning), who is returning from a visit to Rome. A romantic spark ignites between the two when Milo comes to the aid of Cassia’s injured horse, putting it out of its misery. On reaching Pompeii, Milo is taken to the dungeons of the coliseum where he is befriended by a gladiator slave named Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Adbaje). Meanwhile Cassia goes to the family villa (palace) on the slope of Mt. Vesuvius and is reunited with her Father Severus (Jared Harris) and Mother Aurelia (Carrie-Anne Moss).
Soon after, a corrupt Roman senator named Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland), arrives on Cassia’s doorstep and manipulates events to force Cassia into marrying him. At the same time, Cassia and Milo’s paths again cross unexpectedly with the pair becoming romantically entwined, but not without dire consequences for them both.
However, things do not go as planned for Corvus when Mt Vesuvius erupts violently spewing giant fireballs across the city of Pompeii resulting in mass destruction to both the city and the coliseum.
There is a race against time as Milo struggles against Roman soldiers and an erupting volcano to rescue Cassia from the clutches of Corvus and get her to safety before being engulfed by the destruction being caused by the erupting Mt Vesuvius.
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.
Ancient Rome; rebellion; gladiatorial fighting; natural disasters; slavery
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 Pompeii contains a high level of violence; an extremely high body count and the depiction of medium-level blood and gore; intense battle sequences, combat style violence with the use of sword and axe; corporal punishment; massacres including mass executions; and apocalyptic natural disasters.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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.
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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.
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The film Pompeii contains occasional low-level sexual references and innuendo. Examples include:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains a scattering of low-level coarse language and some name calling. Examples include:
Hellhole, he’s a savage, arrogant man, Juno’s tit, on several occasions men are referred to as animals and scum, poor bastard, bloody spectacle, you bitch.
The film Pompeii is an action, adventure, drama, romance, ‘gladiators fighting to the death’, and disaster film of epic proportions. In general, the film is somewhat disjointed with the gladiator story, love story and volcano disaster story seeming like three separate, unrelated stories. The film will attract the attention of older adolescents (male and female) however it may struggle to hold the attention of adults. Acting performances are at best average, while the film’s best feature is its 3D disaster special effects.
The main messages from this movie are:
• Natural disasters treat everyone equally in that no-one can escape their devastating effects.
• Fighting against tyrants and tyranny is worth risking your life and dying for.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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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