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Not suitable under 13, PG to 15 due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes.
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
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:||Robocop|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Robocop is set in the year 2028 and opens with scenes depicting drones and androids engaged in urban warfare against terrorists in what appears to be a Middle Eastern country. The robots are manufactured by OmniCorp, a billion dollar company run by Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton). Sellars wants his androids to be deployed throughout the U.S.A to replace American law enforcement officers. However, the American public are sceptical of the use of robots for this purpose and congress has passed a law preventing them being used on American soil. To circumvent current laws, Sellars decides that his company needs to develop an android that is part human and part robot - a ‘robocop’.
Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a Detroit undercover detective hot on the trail of corrupt police officers selling high-powered guns to drug dealer Antoine Vallon (Patrick Garrow). Realising that Murphy is getting too close for comfort, Vallon orders the murder of Murphy via a car bomb but the attempt fails, leaving Murphy severely mutilated.
Murphy’s injuries make him the perfect choice for OmniCorp’s experimental machine/human hybrid cop and scientist Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) is given the job of transforming Murphy into the world’s first Robocop. However, the transition from man to machine is not a smooth one. Dennett is forced to alter Murphy’s brain, making him more machine than man. But there is more to the human brain than both Sellars and Norton bargain for and when Alex’s old personality overrides his programing, he seeks to right the injustices done to him.
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.
Corruption; urban warfare and terrorism; suicide bombers; robots
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 action violence including gun violence, some scenes of suicide bombers, occasional gruesome images and occasional 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 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned violent and scary 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes.
None of concern in the film, but associated merchandise may appeal to boys in particular.
Reference to a man being a rapist
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in the film, including:
RoboCop is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. It is a science fiction action thriller targeting older adolescents and adults. While depicting less blood and gore than the original, it deserves its M rating, featuring numerous gun battles, suicide bombers, gruesome images and a very high body count. Although the film may attract children under 15, it has a number of violent and disturbing scenes and characters which make it unsuitable for under 13s, and parental guidance is strongly recommended for young adolescents.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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