Not recommended under 15 due to frequent violence, and disturbing scenes and characters.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to frequent violence and disturbing scenes and characters|
|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:||Warcraft: The beginning|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Durotan (Tobey Kebbell), orc chieftain of the Frostwolf clan, and his heavily pregnant partner Draka (Anna Galvin) want to escape from their dying world to a better life on the human world of Azeroth. The orc clans come together to form the Horde and the evil orc warlock Gul’dan (Daniel Wu) intends to uses an evil and dangerous magic to open a gateway that will allow the invading orcs to pour through to Azeroth.
Meanwhile in the kingdom of Stormwind, King Liane (Dominic Cooper) orders Commander Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and Khadger (Ben Schnetzer) to summon the Guardian Medivh (Ben Foster). Medivh goes with Lothar and Khadger on a mission to capture an orc to interrogate.
Lothar manages to capture a half orc/half human woman named Garona (Paula Patton) and he and the King gain Garona’s confidence. They learn that the orcs are capturing human prisoners whom they intend to use as fuel to power the magic required to open the gateway to Azeroth.
Garona leads Lothar and Medivh to the orc encampment to investigate the gateway. While spying on the orc encampment, Garona is approached by Durotan who requests a meeting with King Liane. At the meeting Durotan tells King Liane that the fate that befell the orc world will also happen to Azeroth if they do not stop Gul’dan.
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; alien invasion; the supernatural; death of a planet
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 extended sequences of intense fantasy violence (frequently brutal), some gun related violence and some images depicting blood and gore. 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 and characters likely to scare or disturb children under eight, 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 are also likely to be disturbed by many 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 also be disturbed by many of the above-mentioned scenes.
Nothing in the film, but the film is associated with the Warcraft video games.
The film contains occasional low-level sexual references, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, mainly insults, including:
Warcraft: The beginning is an action fantasy film based on the popular video game and targeting teenage and adult fans of the game. While the film contains some positive messages, with diverse groups working together for the common good, it also has conflicting messages, as these same two groups will forever be at war with each other and violence is shown as being necessary to maintain peace.
The film deserves its M rating. There is frequent brutal violence and many disturbing scenes and characters, so it is not recommended for viewers under 15.
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