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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

 
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At Theaters: 7/11/2014 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600359
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
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Action Drama - This is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the only returning star is Andy Serkis, again providing the motion capture performance for ape leader Caesar. The cast playing humans is entirely new, with Jason Clarke and Keri Russell playing the leads, and Gary Oldman having a smaller supporting role. There is a bit of action and non-stop effects, but the latter is mainly not for flash but for the realistic apes, especially their facial expressions, which serve the serious drama in the film. Violence, heavy drama, and adult subject matter make the film of caution for parents of young kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gary Oldman ROBOCOP, PARANOIA, LAWLESS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Keri Russell AUSTENLAND, DARK SKIES, EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES
Andy Serkis THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Director: Matt Reeves LET ME IN, CLOVERFIELD
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Production Notes Heading
Production Information
Going Native (3D) on Location
Caesar Speaks!
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 6 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, beatings between humans & apes, with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Fights, combat, explosions, destruction.
COMEDY: None.
DETAILED CONTENT
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not only a solid dystopian-flavored science fiction film in its own right but it elevates the stock of its immediate predecessor in the Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good It's a provocative sci-fi action film with dynamite special effects, a powerful humanistic theme with echoes of real-life social conflicts, and a truly wondrous performance by Serkis.

NY Post Full Review
Very Good The eighth 'Planet of the Apes' movie is easily the best, suspenseful and scary and cured of the silliness that infused all previous iterations, even the 1968 original...

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 135 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
5
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
10
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
41
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
35
Very High
97%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 135 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES." While most loved it, there were ten to twenty percent in most groups who felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).

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