Not suitable under 12, Parental guidance 12 -14 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 12-14||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.
|Name of movie:||X-Men|
|Consumer advice lines:||Low level violence; Supernatural theme|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film X-Men begins by introducing
several of the film’s lead characters along with their superhuman mutant
powers. Firstly we meet a young Eric Lensherr, later to become known as Magneto
(Ian McKellen), who as a young boy in war-torn Poland in 1944 demonstrates his
superpower of manipulating magnetic fields when he is forcefully separated from
his parents by Nazi soldiers. The film jumps forward in time to the near future
where we meet Rogue (Anna Paquin), a teenage girl who has run away from home
after nearly killing a young boy. Rogue’s superpower enables her to suck out
the life force of any one she touches, and if that person is a mutant she also
inherits their superpowers. While on the run Rogue meets Logan/Wolverine (Hugh
Jackman), a man whose superpowers enable him to heal any wounds within seconds.
Rogue and Wolverine are attacked by a mutant named Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) but are rescued by two X-Men - Storm (Halle Berry) and Cyclops (James Marsden). Storm and Cyclops take Rogue and Wolverine back to meet their leader, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), a mutant with the ability to control the minds of others. Xavier runs a school for young mutants, teaching the students how to use their superpowers responsibly.
Normal humans are afraid of mutants and their superpowers, and in Congress, Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison) is attempting to pass a “Mutant Registration Act”, an act that would force mutants to reveal their identities and superpowers. Magneto, who fears the Act will take away the rights and freedom of mutants has built a machine that can transform normal humans into mutants; Magneto believes that if those responsible for the Mutant Registration Act are transformed into mutants they would no longer support their own bill. However, Magneto requires Rogue’s special abilities power his machine. Magneto together with Mystique (Rebecca Romijin) and Toad (Ray Park) kidnap Rogue and take her to Liberty Island where they strap her into Magneto’s machine on top of the statue of Liberty. It is now up to the X-Men to save Rogue and destroy Magneto’s machine.
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.
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.
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of 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 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 also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
None of concern
X-Men contains a couple of very low-level sexual references. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Occasional low-level coarse language and mild name includes:
X-Men is a science fiction action adventure targeting at adolescent males and more than capable of entertaining its target audience, but too violent and scary for younger children
The main message from this movie is that the segregation of those who are different by those in power is evil and will lead to civil unrest and upheaval.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss how the film’s depiction of discrimination and segregation relates to the treatment of minorities groups today and in the past.
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