While Rise (of the Planet of the Apes) focused on the human relationships with the Apes leading to the genesis of a war, Dawn depicts this war between humans and at times between the apes themselves. Because of this change of focus, Dawn is much more violent than it's predecessors. The first half is non-violent, but there is a lot of tension between the Apes and humans. The humans (who are survivors of a deadly plague) request to use a dam in the apes territory to regain electricity lost in the plague, but the Apes are lenient to let them enter, especially because the humans have accidentally fought with the apes on occasion. The peace is kept though because Caesar (the leader ape) wants to maintain the peace. But then the second part roles in. I can't spoil how the humans and apes become apart again, but the two species go back to war. In one scene, the apes obtain guns and charge the on horseback and in tanks at the survivor's shelter. The apes shoot the many guards at the gate as they attempt to defend it. It was a pretty long and gripping scene, so much so that I spotted a family with a ten year old leave the theater. There were many ape and human casualties from the gunshots along with some explosions setting the apes on fire. Along with this scene, there was a pretty intense rooftop battle which consisted of a lot of hand to hand combat. One character (an ape) has an abhorrence for humans and kills them indiscriminately. He also uses fear to intimidate apes and throws a main character off a building to demonstrate his authority. Apart from that, there was an assassination, fist fights, a close-up death from a gun, and an unintentional suicide bombing. There also was some language with one f-bomb and a couple s words. Overall, Dawn is a much more intense sequel to an assumed trilogy and is akin to The Dark Night in it's ampt up violence and darker themes. Middleschoolers can probably handle it, but i'd not recommend this for anyone under 11.