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Beautiful but grim WWII saga through a boy's eyes.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviewannabe June 6, 2013
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13
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Speilberg has done it again

Making war movies involving World War II can be a somewhat pain-in-the-neck, not to mention you'd have to talk to those who knew some famous WWII war heroes. This film is great. My teacher showed this film to the class in English to study what kind of camera angle shots are shown like Medium Shot, Close-Up, Panning Shot, Bird's Eye Shot, etc. One thing to watch out for is some mild language. There's profanity in almost every PG-13 teen movie.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 14 year old Written byTsion August 12, 2009
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13
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Poignant Tale of Survival...

EMPIRE OF THE SUN gives you is a rousing premise, brilliant acting, a beautiful score, and gorgeous cinematography. It doesn't give you anything by way of blatant symbolism or explanation. Spielberg uses very little dialogue in his film. He leaves much to the music and visuals. Most of everything is left up to your interpretation. The film follows a young British boy, played by Christian Bale, through the years of WWII. He gradually loses his innocence, becoming exposed to the harsh realities of death and agony. The film is visually brilliant, with stunning cinematography. The score is John Williams's best (and that's saying a lot). And, Christian Bale gives a career-defining performance at age 13. He is the best thing about the film; his portrayal of a young victim of the pain of war gives the film a gritty feel. This film will make you think for a while afterwards. Parents: This isn't a particularly graphic film, but its harsh feel and mature themes make it unsuitable for anyone under 13 or 14. Little violence is actually shown, but the harsh realities of death in the camps are discussed and shown quite blatantly. One particularly heartwrenching scene features Bale trying to revive a young friend who has been shot, to no avail.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old March 22, 2009
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13
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empire of the sun review by critic07

It was probaly one of the best films i have ever seen and if you like old war movies or Steven Speilberg, you will probaly love Empire Of The Sun.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old June 9, 2013
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12
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Watch if mature to see death.

This movie says godd_mn j_p and h_ll.A few people are smokers and smoking visable.mentioning of where beer is.This is about the japanese taking over shanghai.Violent seens.People die from gun shots being hit with metal poles and starvation.The japanese throw explosives.usa in planes let down bombs and machine guns fired.with many people left dead. mentions of the atomic bomb drop in japan.There are sad parts and happy endings.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 February 18, 2013
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14
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Another amazing war film from one of the greatest directors ever

A thrilling, emotional, and sweeping war drama from the great Steven Spielberg, Empire of the Sun is a great film overall. It’s got beautiful camerawork, impressive photography, and grand battle scenes. But there are a few instances where this war movie may prove too intense for younger teens. Even though the film is somewhat old and has a PG rating, it contains a considerable amount of strong violence. People are shot, beaten, and blown away. There are explosions, gun fights, destruction, and a scene of overall panic. 2 soldiers have blood pooling under them and a young boy is shot and has blood seeping from his mouth.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bywho3697cares June 3, 2009
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What you basically see here is Steven Spielberg making a terrible, mushy adaptation of a great novel, the autobiography of the author's childhood in WWII East Asia. Having never suffered in his whole life to the extent of the author, Spielberg falsely identifies himself with Jim, and mushes up the whole story, and also takes out some of the most unforgettable parts of the novel. Try to avoid it.
Teen, 16 years old Written byjonghyunchung April 9, 2008
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