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Not suitable under 12, parental guidance recommended 12-15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 12 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Thor: The Dark World|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Thor: The Dark World opens with a prologue describing events set one thousand years in the past. Thor’s grandfather and an army of Asgard soldiers engage in a fierce battle with a demonic army of Dark Elves lead by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). Malekith has created an evil power called the Aether which he intends on using to plunge the Nine Realms into chaos and darkness. Luckily for the Nine Realms, the Asgard army triumphs, Malekith is banished and the evil Aether is hidden deep in the depths of an un-named planet.
One thousand years later, Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been imprisoned on Asgard (for crimes committed in the first Thor film), and the Nine Realms are about to come into alignment. This happens once every thousand years and results in all manner of strange phenomena, such as the temporary opening of doorways between realms. Unluckily, the film’s heroine astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is accidentally transported through one of these doorways, discovers the hidden location of the long lost Aether and becomes an unwitting host of the demonic power.
After being made aware of Jane’s disappearance, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) travels to Earth and, much to the annoyance of Thor’s father King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), brings Jane back to Asgard where it is discovered Jane has become host to the Aether.
Jane’s possession by the Aether reawakens the banished Malekith and his army of Dark Elves, who wreak death and destruction when they attack Asgard in a bid to retrieve the power. Thor and Loki now battle Malekith across the Nine Realms as they attempt to defeat him before he can use the Aether to destroy the universe.
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.
Mythology; superheroes; treason and betrayal; death of a family member
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, at times brutal, but minimal blood and gore are depicted. There are scenes depicting multiple and mass deaths. 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 group are also likely to be disturbed by 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 scenes.
None of concern in the film, although associated merchandise is marketed to children
There are some mild sexual references in this movie, including:
The film contains occasional partial nudity and mild sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Thor: The Dark World, sequel to the film Thor, is a fantasy action film targeted at adolescent males and other fans of Marvel comics. The Dark World is darker than the first Thor film but contains some clever humour. The M rating is well-deserved. The film contains sometimes brutal violence and scary scenes and characters which make it unsuitable for under 12s, and parental guidance is recommended for the 12-15 age group.
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 with their children the importance of deciding what is important and of value in your life. Thor gave up a kingdom to follow his heart and maintain his relationship with Jane.
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