Not recommended under 14; parental guidance 14 -15 due to violence, scary scenes and disturbing themes.
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|Children under 14||Not recommended due to violence, scary scenes and disturbing themes.|
|Children aged 14-15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary scenes and disturbing themes.|
|Viewers 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:||War for the Planet of the Apes|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the third film in the Planet of the Apes saga. The apes have evolved into an intelligent society under the leadership of Caesar (Andy Serkis) whose only desire is to live peacefully in the woods. A group of human soldiers have arrived however, and plan to wipe out the apes, of whom they are afraid. Caesar is on lookout one night when the Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) finds Caesar’s home and, intending to kill Caesar, accidentally kills his wife and son. Caesar is wracked with grief and sets out to get his revenge while understanding that this is succumbing to his base instincts.
Caesar’s loyal friends, Maurice the Orangutan (Karin Konoval), Rocket (Terry Notary) and Luca (Michael Adamthwaite) insist on joining him. Along the way they encounter a man who is about to shoot at them but the apes fire first, killing him. They search his house and find a young girl who can’t speak hiding under a bed. Maurice pleads for her life and Nova (Amiah Miller) joins the group. It seems that the virus known as Simian Flu, which increased the intelligence of the apes, is robbing humans of speech.
When the small group reach an encampment of soldiers they are dismayed to find many apes and their young caged in dreadful conditions. The adults are kept in chains and made to work without food or water. Caesar is unfortunately captured and treated particularly badly. The other apes must devise a way to free their leader and save the rest of the apes from total destruction.
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.
War; slavery; torture; tribalism
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 frequent violence in this movie including:
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 is much 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 group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
Nothing of concern
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There is some drinking of alcohol, including the scene in which the Colonel is seen drunk on his bed having finished a whole bottle of alcohol. He then presumably shoots himself.
There is infrequent coarse language in this movie, including:
War for The Planet of the Apes, the third in this series, is a science fiction action film in which apes have managed to surpass humans in their intelligence and thinking. The parallel between apes and mistreated classes of humans is clear, which raises some interesting philosophical questions such as what it is that makes us human and why we always think of ourselves as superior to other animals and, in some cases, people. The rightly M-rated movie is a prolonged battle between man and ape with many distressing scenes which make it unsuitable for younger viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that the results of war are mainly death and mass destruction, and that we can overcome our basic instincts with reason and rational thinking.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include loyalty, and care and compassion.
Parents may wish to discuss:
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