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In this essay I am going to compare 3 scenes of violence from 3 different genres and analyse their certifications and effects on young people.

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Violence In films essay In this essay I am going to compare 3 scenes of violence from 3 different genres and analyse their certifications and effects on young people and whether children are finding ways of viewing secretly, or are being allowed to see, too much violence in films, T.V or through any other median. There has always been violence in films, and there has always been public debate along with it, but as the violence becomes more shocking and more accessible to young people is violence in films becoming more of an issue? Or are we becoming less easily shocked and therefore less worried about violence in films and its effect on young people? Is violence less shocking when it is less realistic or fantasy based? It seems that this is what most people think. For example most parents will happily let their children watch violence in "Tom & Jerry" but would be much more reluctant in letting their children watch a war film. Is this right? We, at least, have come to expect certain types of violence in certain genres to have certain certificates and most people seem happy with this. ...read more.


"Saving Private Ryan" certificate 15 was made in1999 and was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. In the opening scenes we see American soldiers coming into land on a cargo ship. There is no music and all you can hear is the sound of gunfire and the last screams of dieing men. You see the men on the ship in a realistic light; they are terrified. Their hands are shaking, their whole bodies are shivering and the viewer feels a real sense of tension. When we first see Hanks we just see his shaking hand, his apprehension embodied, and although he is the hero in this film we are seeing him in a human light. As the camera pulls away from Hanks we see men being physically sick and crying. As the front of the transporter goes down people are immediately being shot and blood is going everywhere. The camera used is simple and it looks as though the person filming was just someone ordinary that was there, it gives a documentary type of feel. ...read more.


Is any of this right? They also all differ in style. The Matrix is a very Hollywood style presentation with an array of angles and effects that you would not see in real life. In contrast, Saving Private Ryan has a realistic documentary feel that shows real correlation to what you would see in real life. Itchy and Scratchy is a cartoon and is a satire on Tom & Jerry and the suchlike. It does not look realistic or serious and does not try to or want to be realistic. Overall, I would say that the certifications of these pieces are right. Saving Private Ryan is the film that I would consider the most shocking and the film that would have the most effect on young people so I think it warrants its 18 certificate. The Matrix is very violent although I think the violence is quite unrealistic and would be less likely to effect young people so its 15 certificate is about right too. Lastly, Itchy and Scratchy is completely unrealistic and I don't believe is very influential to young people and should be allowed on T.V in the early evening. ...read more.

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