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Not suitable under 13, PG 13-15 (Scary and disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to scary and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 13-15||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 15 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:||Impossible, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, injury detail, brief nudity and infrequent coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Impossible is based on the true story of a family who, against all odds, survived the 2004 Asian tsunami.
Maria (Naomi Watts), her husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three children - 13-year-old Lucas (Tom Holland), 7-year-old Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and 5-year-old Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) - travel to Thailand for a Christmas vacation and stay at a luxury beachfront resort. On December 26th while the family is enjoying the resort swimming pool, the ground begins to shake, there is a rumble like thunder and palm trees along the beachfront begin to topple over. Without any warning a giant wall of water crashes down onto the resort, annihilating all in its path. Maria and Lucas miraculously survive, clinging to each other as they are swept along in the torrent of water. Eventually the torrent begins to subside and Maria and Lucas are able to wade through the debris and take refuge in a tree. However, while Lucas is largely unhurt, Maria is gravely injured - the back of her leg is torn open and she has a severe chest wound.
Having no knowledge of what has befallen Henry and her two youngest boys, Maria fears the worst. The film from this point on follows the exploits of Maria and Henry depicting Maria’s rescued by Thai locals and her battle to survive her injuries, while Henry, who has managed to survive with the two younger boys, battles despair as he searches Thailand for Maria and Lucas.
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.
Natural disaster; trauma; death and loss
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.
There is no interpersonal violence of concern in this film
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
The film contains realistic intense and emotional scenes of the disaster, including graphic images of physical injuries, and multiple images of dead bodies. Examples include:
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, there are some scenes in this movie that could particularly 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 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 the above-mentioned scenes.
Thai Coca Cola
None of concern
There is some nudity in this movie, including:
Drinking of wine and cocktails at the resort
There is some low level coarse language in this movie, including:
The Impossible is an intensely emotional drama based on a true story, and appearing very realistic. Adults who see this film may find it difficult not to be affected by the film’s emotional intensity and parents are strongly cautioned that the film is not suitable for children under thirteen. Parental guidance is recommended for children between the ages of thirteen and fifteen years because of the film’s emotional contents and realistic portrayal of death and injury.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss what makes individuals in very trying circumstances make selfless choices rather than thinking of their own needs first.
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