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Family Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 130 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film contains the same elements as its predecessor, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’: sci-fi violence, including both human and simian characters dying; the use of guns, both to hunt and to kill; an apocalypse-like scenario after an illness cripples human civilization; and some cursing. Your typical PG-13 sci-fi movie, but without any real sexual elements.

Andy Serkis keeps bringing it in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ the sequel to the 2011 revamp of the franchise. As the simian protagonist Caesar, Serkis is affecting and excellent—and the rest of the movie does its best to keep up.

By Roxana Hadadi

2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was unexpected, wasn’t it? A revamp of a classic franchise that actually stood on its own, and that was mainly because of actor Andy Serkis, whose motion-capture performance of the astonishingly intelligent chimpanzee Caesar should have received some acting accolades. Any acting accolades! And he’s only better in the sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” set a decade after its predecessor and in a world of uneasy peace between humans and simians. A peace that—of course—cannot last.

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