I Declare War Thursday, 20 June 2019

I Declare War

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and violence.

  • The pitch:

    The Younger Games.

  • Starring:

    Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall

  • Directed by:

    Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson

  • Running time:

    94 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Children play realistic war games (capture-the-flag) with mock rifles, grenades, gas masks, crossbow, bazooka, slingshot. Shooting, kicking, hunting, killing, ambushes, explosions, taking prisoners, military coup.  People are tied up, tortured (pressing), set alight, hit with objects, punched, kicked, kneed, wrestled, threatened, exploded with imaginary laser eye-beams, near-cut. An animal is exploded (imaginary). Burning debris. Killing, attacking, strategy, weapons discussed. Yelling, arguing,  Blood/gore: Bodies, clothing covered in fake blood. Bloody scratches. Broken arm, broken nose, hanging mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Losing virgnity, seduction, bestiality mentioned. Sexual-themed banter. Teenage flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Cigarettes. Teen smoking discussed.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Frequent f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, d*ck, cr*p. Name-calling, bullying, derogatory ethnic terms, derogatory references to homosexuals and disabled people. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, nation, combat stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    War games, capture-the-flag, teams, combat, boys, jealousy, betrayal, friends, dares, conundrums, practical jokes, strategy, brutality, sadism, innocence, imagination, allegory, winning.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Accident, mother in hospital mentioned. Helicopter sounds, jets (animated). Dog, dog poo, wasps, squirrel.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Believable, compelling, surreal, effective, engrossing, frightening, funny, unnerving, chilling, disturbing. Good cast, authentic themes, unpredictable tone, realistic "deaths", adult themes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overlong, slow-paced, meandering, gimmicky, contrived, clichéd. Uneven performances, wooden characters, loose editing, some scenes fall flat.

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