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Empire of the Sun

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age 12+

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age 10+

Once a time

what i think? you should watch it i just can't believe that there are some people who have never seen it. the story, the music, the charachters...etc. it made me feel stuff i've never felt before. hope mankind can make more art like this one, we got tired of wack movies .

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Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Very amazing

PG: some war images and violence
age 13+

PG-13 in today's standards.

Contatins intense war violence. Too violent for children.
age 16+

Underrated Spielberg war film is brutal and depressing. Mature 14/15+

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Great messages
Too much violence
age 13+

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.

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Too much violence