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Not suitable under 13, PG 13-15 (Violence; Disturbing scenes; Scary characters)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence, disturbing scenes and scary characters.|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 15 and over||OK for this 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:||Transformers: Age of Extinction|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
At the end of the previous Transformers film, a battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons ended with the levelling of Chicago. As a result the few surviving Autobots were given sanctuary while an order was made for the Decepticons to be hunted down and destroyed. However the remaining Autobots were betrayed by CIA agent Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) who, with the assistance of a bounty hunter named Lockdown (voice of Mark Ryan), has been systematically hunting down and destroying the remaining Autobots.
Meanwhile, Texas motor-mechanic Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) are finding it hard to make ends meet and are about to be evicted from their farm. Yeager brings home a wrecked truck to strip down and sell as parts, and discovers that it is the Autobot Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen). Prime has been hiding out after being wounded in an ambush orchestrated by Attinger. With a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the capture of Autobots it doesn’t take long for word of Optimus Prime’s location to reach Attinger and a team of mercenaries descending on Yeager’s farm in a bid to capture the Transformer. Luckily Prime, Yeager, Tessa and Tessa’s boyfriend Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor) escape and head to Monument Valley where they join up with the Autobots -Bumblebee, Crosshairs (voice of John DiMaggio), Drift (voice of Ken Watanabe), and Hound (voice of John Goodman).
Determined to know why they were betrayed by the humans, the Autobots, with the assistance of Yeager, Tessa and Shane, discover that a technology company owned by Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) has been conspiring with Harold Attinger to create their own new and improved Transformers using a recycled metal called Transformium. At the same time, Lockdown is on a mission of his own to capture Optimus Prime and has offered Attinger and Joyce a device called “The Seed” for the capture of Prime. The Seed is capable of devastating an area the size of a large city and harvesting metal to make into Transformium. The Autobots and their friends are determined to stop this happening.
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.
Aliens/alien invasion; betrayal; secret government organisations
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 action violence, some of it brutal, the reported deaths of hundreds of civilians and the destruction of property on a massive scale. There is one scene of a particularly gruesome death. 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 scenes and characters 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.
Children in this age group would also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and characters
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 and characters
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 and characters.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The Transformers franchise is based on Hasbro Transformers toys, which are popular with, and marketed to, children who are not old enough to see the film. There is also an app based on the film which is being marketed as suitable for ages 9+. Read the ACCM review of this app.
The film contains low-level sexual references and innuendo throughout. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains coarse language and name calling throughout. Examples include:
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in this series, is a science fiction action adventure targeting adolescent males in particularly. The film contains a number of stereotypical characters and objectifies its female characters. It contains non-stop intense action and violence which becomes repetitive, especially as the film has a running time of 165 minutes.
The film’s M rating is appropriate. It is not suitable for children under 13, who may be attracted because they like Transformers toys, and parental guidance is recommended for the 13 to 15 age group. In addition to the constant violence, there are a number of disturbing scenes and scary characters.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents also may wish to discuss the stereotyping of a number of the film’s main characters and the manner in which the film objectifies women.
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