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Not recommended under 13, PG to 15 (intense sci-fi themes, violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable|
|Children aged 5–8||Not suitable|
|Children aged 8–13||Not recommended|
|Children over the age of 13||OK for this age group with parental guidance|
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:||Star Trek Into Darkness|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
When a mission involving the Enterprise and its crew ends in disaster, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) loses his command of the Enterprise and is reassigned as first officer to Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood); Kirk’s old mentor. After a secret Starfleet installation is destroyed by a bomb attack, Kirk and Pike are called in to attend a meeting of high ranking officers at the Starfleet headquarters, but the meeting ends in disaster when a rogue agent named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses a gunship to attack Starfleet headquarters killing a number of officers including Pike. In retribution for the attack, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) authorises Kirk to hunt down Harrison, who has fled to the Klingon home world of Qo’noS. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise travel to Qo’noS, and after a short but violent encounter with a party of Klingons, Kirk along with Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) manage to apprehend Harrison and it is at this point that the film’s plot thickens. It is revealed that Harrison is really a genetically engineered superhuman named Khan, who along with seventy two other genetically engineered super-humans (Khan’s crew) was imprisoned in cryogenic sleep three hundred years earlier for attempting to commit genocide on the inferior human race. Apparently Admiral Marcus thawed out Khan, and forced him to use his superior intellect to develop advanced war machines to be employed against the Kilingons with Admiral Marcus using Khan’s crew, who were still frozen in cryogenic sleep as hostages. The remainder of the film revolves around Kirk joining forces with Khan to defeat the real villain of the story Admiral Marcus. Fortunately, Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise manage to survive both Admiral Marcus’s and Khan’s treachery and win the day. The final moments of the film sees Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew heading off deep into space on a five year mission to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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, super-humans, war and weapons, conspiracy, friendship and loyalty
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.
Star Trek Into Darkness contains science fiction action violence and peril throughout. While there is minimal depiction of blood and gore, there is a high body count and contains several scenes depicting mass destruction. 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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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 scenes
No product placement of concern
No sexual references or innuendo.
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 this movie, including:
Star Trek Into Darkness is a science fiction film with plenty of action and adventure. Best suited to those over 15 years because of violence, scary scenes and coarse language. The new Star Trek film is a thrilling and visually stunning action film with fantastic special effects. The film contains the entire original cast from the 2009 Star Trek film, however, secondary characters such as Sulu, Scotty and Chekov are given only token performances with the film focusing on the relationship between Kirk, Spock and Kahn. This film will entertain and satisfy its target audience, Star Trek fans will not be disappointed.
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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