Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1

Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke. Sci-fi action drama. Directed by Matt Reeves.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Itís action-packed, for sure, but it also has some emotional range and even some insight. The makeup and special effects are mesmerizing, the technical aspects, ranging from editing to cinematography to production design are what action movies are all about when done right.

There is some scary imagery and lots of jolting action, including some violence that gets very close to crossing over into the R category. And sadly, there is one misuse of Christís name. But there isnít a dull moment in the film. This is an armrest-grabbing sci-fi actioneer that also contains a thoughtful metaphor concerning mankindís struggle with its own good vs. evil nature.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Around 10 obscenities, including one f-bomb.
Profanity: One profane use of Christís name.
Violence: Lots of tense action and sporadic violence with man and ape warring against one another; it is not suitable for little children, even if mom or dad are there.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 130 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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