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Not recommended under 13, parental guidance strongly recommended 13 to 15, due to violence, scary scenes and characters and coarse language
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, scary scenes and characters and coarse language|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes and characters and coarse language|
|Viewers 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:||Transformers: The Last Knight|
|Consumer advice lines:||Action violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film’s opening scene is set in England during the Dark Ages. An army lead by King Arthur (Liam Carrigan) is engaged in battle against an invading force. Merlin (Stanley Tucci) arrives wielding a magic staff that allows him to control a gigantic three-headed dragon transformer called Dragonstorm which drives off the invading army. We learn that the staff can only be wielded by Merlin or one of his direct descendants.
The film skips to the present day where we find Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) on a quest to find his creator. The Transformer Autobots, now declared illegal, have gone into hiding after being hunted by the TRF (Transformer Reaction Force) who destroy any Autobots they come across. A young girl Izabella (Isabella Moner) attempts to save a dying ancient Transformer Knight but is attacked by the TRF and only just saved by a hero from previous Transformer films, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg). The Knight dies but bestows upon Cade an ancient talisman which gives him special powers.
Cade is approached by a humanoid Autobot named Gogman (Jim Carter) who convinces him to journey to England where he meets Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) a member of the order of Witwiccans, who have been keeping the Transformers’ existence a secret since the days of King Arthur. Arthurian historian Viviane Wembley (Laura Haddock) also goes to meet Sir Edmund. Sir Edmund reveals the secret of the staff of Merlin and its role in protecting the Earth and tells how Viviane, as Merlin’s surviving descendant, is the only person alive capable of wielding Merlin’s staff.
The remainder of the film is a battle between two ancient enemies, with the fate of the world resting on the shoulders of a small number of humans and Autobots.
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.
Fantasy; good versus evil; death of parents; weapons of mass destruction
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 medieval battle violence (some brutal), intense sequences of science fiction action violence and peril throughout, the depiction of mass destruction of property and use of weapons of 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 and scary visual images, there are many scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 8, 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 are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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 may also be disturbed by some of 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.
Younger children in this age group may be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Besides an entire toy franchise based around the film’s characters the film depicts a number of brand names vehicles including General motors, Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Dodge, Range Rover, Lexus and Mercedes. There are also Adidas and Nike clothing and footwear.
The film contains sexual references and innuendo throughout. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains frequent coarse language, put-downs and name-calling. Examples include:
Transformers: The last knight is the latest film in this science-fiction adventure series targeting adolescent fans. It may appeal to younger children, particularly those who have Transformer toys, but the M rating is appropriate - violence, scary scenes and characters, and coarse language make it unsuitable for viewers under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for the 13 to 15 age group, as some children in this group may find some scenes disturbing.
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