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"DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES"
(2014) (Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Minor
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Drama: Following the fall of human civilization, a super-intelligent chimpanzee must contend with the arrival of humans as well as a militant ape who wants to wage war against them.
PLOT:
It's been ten years since a man-made viral drug not only enhanced the intelligence of a number of lab apes, including the chimpanzee Caesar (ANDY SERKIS), but also accidentally lead to a pandemic and resulting chaos that decimated human populations around the world.

Caesar now rules a colony of apes living in the woods outside of what's left of San Francisco where one of the main rules is that apes don't kill apes. He lives there with his pregnant wife, Cornelia (JUDY GREER), and teenage son, Blue Eyes (NICK THURSTON), while fellow former lab chimpanzee Koba (TOBY KEBBELL) helps in the hunts for food, and orangutan Maurice (KARIN KONOVAL) teaches the younger apes how to communicate through sign language and writing.

Their peace is shattered when one member of a small human expedition, Carver (KIRK ACEVEDO), ends up shooting one of Blue Eyes' friends in what he claims is self-defense. The apes race to the scene, with Caesar shocking the humans, including the expedition leader, Malcolm (JASON CLARKE), by verbally telling them to leave.

Malcolm not only relays that information to his wife and former nurse, Ellie (KERI RUSSELL), and teenage son, Alexander (KODI SMIT-McPHEE), from his first marriage, but also to Dreyfus (GARY OLDMAN), the leader of a base of humans located in San Francisco. He's concerned about dwindling fuel supplies and thus had sent Malcolm and his team to a nearby hydroelectric dam in hopes of turning it back on.

While Caesar reluctantly grants them a temporary amount of time to accomplish that, Koba is angry about the arrangement, what with his hatred of all things human. As Malcolm and his team try to get the dam operational, Koba's paranoia soon leads to treachery in the name of hoping to wipe out the humans once and for all.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they liked this film's 2011 predecessor or any other films in the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language.


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