Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Fuel for thought.

  • Starring:

    Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary

  • Directed by:

    Matt Reeves

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People/animals are shot, beaten, punched, kicked, hit, crushed, hunted, knocked over, thrown through the air, thrown to the ground, wrestled, thrown from a high ledge (fatal), head-slammed, near-choked, dragged, caged, chained. A man blows himself up (sacrifice). Burning village (arson). Objects smashed, broken glass, explosions, cave-in, building collapse, military vehicles. Roaring, screaming, arguing, screeching. Animal cruelty, animal testing, being tortured/cut mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (human/animal), burning apes. Many wounded/injured. Bloody faces, heads, hands, cuts, grazes, wounds. Blood splatter. Scars, cloudy eye. Animal skulls, skeletons. Killer flu mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Skimpy clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking. Antibiotics administered (implied).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Family, trust, betrayal, sign language, education, birth, humanity, survival, war, suicide, mutiny, power, forgiveness, community, anger, bitterness, inter-species conflict.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased wife, deceased daughter mentioned. Deceased family (photographs). Apes, orangutans, gorillas, bonobos, deer/elk, bear, horses, dead fish, fishing. Waterfall, raspberry-blowing, spitting. Subtitles. Very high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Daring, dazzling, surprising, great, remarkable, awful, brilliant, painterly, memorable, personal, impressive, moving, demanding, heartbreaking, harrowing, powerful, humanistic, stunning, philosophical, frightening, suspenseful, awesome, intelligent, bleak, hopeful, confident, exciting, assured, muscular, vivid, violent, arresting, groundbreaking, challenging, rewarding, riveting. Remarkable production design, feels authentic, rich/beautiful/emotional/vigorous score, simmering tension, expressive/soulful/deeply felt performance from Andy Serkis, excellent screenplay, beautiful staging, fluid imagery, controlled tones, seamless special effects, intricate character work, endless invention, spectacular scale, poignant drama, morality rich themes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A fraction too long, some clunky exposition, Carver character is a little weak.

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