The Seeker: The Dark is Rising [2007] [PG] - 3.6.1

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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On the eve of his 14th birthday a boy develops unusual powers, such as the ability to levitate objects and to cause weather changes. He then discovers that he is the last of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil, and he starts traveling through time looking for signs that will let him discover what he has to do. With Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane, Gregory Smith, Austin Vaccaro and Frances Conroy. Directed by David L. Cunningham. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - During a battle scene a man grabs a woman by the hair and takes her away; we see him from the back after he takes her to a boat and although nothing is shown it appears to be a near rape scene (he is interrupted).
 A 14-year-old boy looks at a slightly older teen girl with interest.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two men with a crossbow and an axe prepare to fight something that they think might be a dragon, but an elderly woman with a large snake slithering over her shoulder confronts them; then a boy is thrown by a gust of wind into an underground chamber, the snake follows while many other snakes cover and detain several adults, the boy finds a crypt, opens it, finds a skeleton, reaches into its mouth to pull something out, a snake lunges at him and the skeleton's bony hand snatches the snake and throws it away.
 A teenage boy sees a horse through fog in the distance, the horse and rider charge toward him while two dogs charge toward him from behind, the rider kicks him over an embankment, the boy rolls down and the rider threatens him; others approach (one carries a shotgun and the other a crossbow) causing the rider and the dogs to leave.
 Two men fight: one is thrown up toward a dark cloud and is absorbed, a woman then fights the other man, she too is thrown into the cloud, another man fights and is thrown into the cloud and then a teenage boy meets the same fate (they are assumed dead).
 Two men are attacked by many crows, the scene ends without showing the details of the attack but it is suggested that one of the men is killed.
 During a battle scene we see many people fighting with clubs, swords and axes, men are thrown through the air when struck, we hear crunching (no blood is visible) and a woman is taken away by one man (he holds her by the hair) and it is implied that he will rape her.
 We see a teenage boy trapped in a glass ball and thrashing; we also see a man trapped in a glass ball and thrown into water.
 A teenage boy is thrown off a boat and into water while his young sister watches, the man who threw the boy then raises an axe toward the girl, she screams, and the boy is grabbed by the hair and pulled out (he is not harmed but negotiates a trade with his attacker, and two siblings leave unharmed).
 Two security guards stop a teenage boy leaving a store and ask him to accompany them to a room where they question him and become angry; one man begins to tap his hand on the table and we see it is a black claw, he scratches the boy on the shoulder (we see a bit of blood), the man's eyes begin to turn black, the boy runs from the room and the man chases him and he then turns into a large flock of crows that continues to chase the boy (he gets away).
 A man grabs a teenage boy and speaks to him with another man's voice; he then pushes the boy against a counter and holds a knife to his throat and the boy punches the man, knocking him unconscious.
 A young woman yells at a teenage boy, he runs away from her, she chases him, she then ages instantly, falls into water and presumably drowns.
 A boy falls from a ladder, we see his bruised ankle when a man examines him, and when the man touches his ankle we see his foot and part of his leg turn black and hear crackling (the boy appears to be in pain).
 A teenage boy pushes two other teenage boys, throwing them, and we see them moaning on the floor.
 People wake up covered with frost, we see icicles dangling above them, they begin to break and fall to the ground nearly striking people, and water floods a room (no one is harmed). A large wave of water breaks through glass in a building and toward people who are inside (no one is harmed).
 Many crows screech and gather on a knotty tree near a bus stop where a boy waits and he appears frightened. A crow flies through a glass window, a woman slashes it with a sword and the bird breaks into shards of glass (no one is harmed).
 A boy goes to a pub where a cockfight is being staged (we do not see the fight but later we see one of the cocks preserved in a glass case and labeled "champion").
 A teenage boy causes a table knife to be thrown through the air toward his older brother when he is angry with him (the knife sticks into a wooden post and no one is harmed. A teenage boy yells and fires shoot out of the ground burning a windmill and throwing a car into the air.
 A horse and rider pull a large dark cloud that covers the countryside. We see a thick, dark cloud blowing over the world and covering cities in darkness. A large storm blows through a village causing property damage and the village is left with no power.
 Two dogs snarl at a boy in several scenes. A horse snorts and stomps on the ground in a few scenes.
 A man threatens a boy in several scenes. A teenage boy reads about myths and asks his father about the physics of light and darkness. We hear that a boy was taken from his home when he was two weeks old and never found.
 A teenage boy and several adults visit a dark place with an altar and a book that glows when the boy touches it. We see people walk through time and ending up in an earlier time. Two teenage boys have a tape outline of a body on their bedroom floor and tease their younger brother that that is his space.

PROFANITY 1 - 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and wine at a holiday party, people drink alcohol in a pub scene, people drink wine at dinner, and a man pours two beers and one man drinks one.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Running away, guilt, grief, obsession, shame, helplessness, forces of good and evil, disappearance of a child, fear, dropping out, trust, hope, promise, powers of light and darkness, legends, myths, immortality, puberty, siblings, twins, fear of the dark.

MESSAGE - Saving the Earth from the powers of darkness is no easy task and the fight is never over.

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