Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Wednesday, 08 April 2020

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)


    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.


    Kissing. Skimpy clothing.


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


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

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