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Not suitable under 10, not recommended 10-12, PG to 15 (Themes, violence and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 10-12||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 12-15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, violence and disturbing scenes.|
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:||Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is promoted as “an origin
story”, telling how apes through genetic manipulation rise up and become the
dominant species on Earth.
In present day San Francisco, genetic scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) has developed an experimental virus ALZ-112 designed to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Will is desperate to find a cure for his father Charles (John Lithgow). At GenSys genetics laboratories Will has been administering ALZ-112 to a female chimpanzee with positive results until she attacks her handlers and is shot by security guards. Afterwards, Will finds a new born chimpanzee in the dead mother’s cage and takes the baby home, believing it will only be for a short period of time.
Three years later the young male chimpanzee named Caesar (Andy Serkis) is functioning on the level of an eight-year-old human, having apparently inherited his mother’s modified genes. Disaster strikes when Caesar is placed in an animal shelter for primates run by a shady man named John Landon (Brian Cox) and his cruel son Dodge (Tom Felton). As a result of being tormented and mistreated in the shelter, Caesar turns his back on humanity, communicates with other apes and begins to plan his escape.
Caesar escapes and steals several canisters of the new and improved, ALZ-113, which he then releases back at the primate shelter while the other apes are sleeping. They wake in the morning with heightened consciousness and intelligence, ready to take on their human handlers and the rest of humanity.
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.
Genetic engineering, animal experimentation and testing; cruelty to animals
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 Rise of the Planet of the Apes contains sequences of battle-like violence, intense action violence and destruction, and some violence inflicted against animals. 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 fiveincluding 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 scared 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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern
None of concern
The film contains no nudity, but does contain a brief scene depicting sexual activity:
The film contains some substance use. For example:
The film contains infrequent coarse language, name calling and putdowns. For example:
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a science fiction action thriller targeting an older adolescent and adult audience. It is a cautionary tale that explores the dangers of genetic manipulation and experimentation, blending scientific fact and fiction. The film’s realistic apes, produced with performance capture techniques, are the real stars of the film.
The main message from this movie is that genetic experimentation can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable and may have catastrophic consequences.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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