All member reviews for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Intense sequel is darker than first, with more weapons.

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Kid, 11 years old July 27, 2014

Kinda violent

It has a lot of guns. Apes shooting humans and humans shooting apes. There are apes killing each other. There are a few explosions and some swearing like the F word and S word. A little drinking by humans and one ape. People falling off buildings or being forced off buildings. Only violence nothing inappropriate only a small kiss. There is an ape baby being born but they do not show it happening just the mothers face.
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 July 17, 2014

Apes are back, more intense than ever

Here was my only beef with "Rise" when I saw it 3 years ago: the human performances weren't all that great. I love Franco in just about everything he's in, but he and Freida Pinto were weak points: no one really wants to see humans in an "Apes" film. This movie largely corrects that, very much focusing on what I spent $14.50 to see: the main attraction. To even comprehend how many special effects shots went into this movie is mind boggling...it simply has to win the Visual Effects Oscar. With a motion capture suit and cutting edge technology, the awe inspiring Andy Serkis and the nearly as good Toby Kebbell as the villainous Koba make these animals live, breathing characters the audience wholeheartedly invests them self in. They go through great character development in this film, and even though it's not as exciting, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman's story lines were fine too. Though who really stole my heart? Maurice the orangutan, played brilliantly with sympathy by Karin Konoval, who I hope will be returning for the next "Apes" installment.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bySalsander July 23, 2014

A tremendous, although much more violent sequel

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.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byAvengingSon98 December 3, 2014
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Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byilikepie009 July 25, 2014

Dragging Along No Plot

This movie is a complete waste of money, movie needs a better plot it almost didn't have one at all! The movie just was slow moving and absolutely boring. I wanted to leave half way through the movie if it was t for my friend
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old July 21, 2014

Dawn of A Good Movie

Dawn of Apes was a really good movie yet for kids under 11 it is too violent and there is language (many people saying sh-t)
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old August 3, 2014

Darker than Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but maybe even better.

This movie takes place 8 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes place. Ceaser has a "wife" and two sons and he is no longer with Will. The disease that Will has created in Rise of the Planet of the Apes causes chaos and an outbreak spreads all around the world. The plot is the set-up for the war between the humans and the apes. Ceaser lets the humans be but another ape named Koba doesn't respect this decision. He wants to attack the humans after a human named Carver shot and almost killed one of the apes. Koba frames the humans for killing Ceaser and that is the synopsis for this film. Violence is intense and there is one sad scene of an ape being killed for sparing a human. Some blood, no gore. Language is as bad as one use of "f*cking". No sexual content is present other than some kissing. There is also no drinking/drugs/smoking. There are some good role models and some really good messages. So if you saw Planet of the Apes when you were a kid, let your double digit aged kids see this one.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old July 11, 2014

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES REVIEW!!!!!!!

Too much swearing like f--k, s--t, and ass. But I liked it. And a little bit too much violent scenes.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovielover123456 December 20, 2014

Epic

Monkeys riding on horses with machine guns. Great story lines. The action was awesome. Cant wait for the next one! There is violence and language.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old August 30, 2014

Loved it!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an amazing movie. It does give many positive messages and is overall clean. But there is a lot of violence. This includes apes been shot down or being burned by fire. Plenty of war between humans and apes. As violent as this sounds, you have to understand how brilliant of a movie this is. It's a story of leadership and loyalty and is definetly a must see for everyone.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old July 21, 2014

Very good movie

There is some drinking very little sex and brief strong language like one f-word other words are b---h a-- h--l s--t bulls--t holy s--t d--n god--n a--hole
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 August 30, 2014

Common sense media gives a good reveiw for once.

I, for once, just agree with the site, read the official review, for once it makes sense.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byHightech Redneck August 11, 2014

Overrated.

A bit of humor. Could've used less talking and more action. The story is okay. I didn't really care about the characters. The acting is average. The CGI for the apes is really good, but the gunfire is cheesy. It has some violence, no blood. There is some swearing including sh*t, d*mn, @$$hole and one F bomb use. Overall, I'd wait for DVD.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byShadowofchaos41 July 15, 2014

Awesome

Was pretty good. And it had a nice dark tone to it. Had infrequent swearing such as sh** and a**. And one unforgettable F-bomb towards the end
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byRotten Tomatoes July 15, 2014
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 December 9, 2014
Really and truly, this is not only better than Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, but it's one of the best films of the year. The acting was great, the visual effects were one of the greatest I have seen all year and the action was fun.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byB-KMastah July 13, 2014

Stands apart from the tired blockbusters that we're drowning in.

I don't have a ton to say here, but I can say that finally, something that stands out in a sea of annoying, overcrowded blockbusters. It's not perfect, or even quite amazing, but its themes and visuals are far more interesting than mindless explosions. And that partially redeems for its (mildly) excessive runtime. The apes' and humans' characterization that parallel each other are far more thematic than most huge-budget movies, and that's actually interesting. Not all of the themes are handled in the most interesting way possible, but it's a start in the right direction for intellectual action, and the acting is solid, especially Andy Serkis, and he's just motion capture. 8/10, very good, one thumb up, above average, etc.
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written bymadra October 2, 2014

brilliant

much better compared to rise the planet of the apes
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 11 year old Written byMr JayStay July 22, 2014

Action Adventure with a Twist

Solid Science Fiction. You may find your kids are exposed to some 'realities' in this exceptional fantasy - agendas and manipulations as well as truth and loyalty. Hurray for Hollywood! ... more like this, please.
Adult Written byjoshua martinez January 11, 2015

13 and up.

based on the first film this science fiction movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a good movie to watch but only for teens and parents to see but parents you need to know that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a lot of intense violence such as shooting, setting them on fire, and crushing them there's also some mild language used and a little bit of drinking used there is a great message to this movie its about trust, diplomacy, and peacekeeping and the role model is that Caesar wants to peacefully co-exist with humans with the apes in their part of the world and remaining humans in theirs. He doesn't see all humans as evil or a threat. Caesar is a strong leader as well as a loving father and mate. He urges apes to seek out peace and family, not hatred and vengeance.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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