The newest iteration, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (which is a ridiculously long title), has been sneaking up on us for the past few months and is awaiting its release on Friday.
While the eighth film in the franchise that started in 1968, this film acts as a direct sequel to the 2011 reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (again with the long title).
This film is set 10 years after "Rise" and deals with the highly advanced apes led by Caesar attempting to live peaceful lives away from humans. Humans, who have been nearly wiped out by a virus, try to make peace with the apes, but nothing ever goes according to plan and a war begins.
A pretty simple premise, but the question is:
Is this a family friendly film?
At face value, it doesn't look like it.
Don't get me wrong, this movie looks fantastic because of the special effects surrounding the human-like apes and the emotional tone involving the turmoil between humans and apes. However, the darker tone this movie is presenting does not look to be friendly to children, plus the inevitable battle between the two species will certainly be gritty and unpleasant to younger audiences. Anyone above the age of 13 will certainly enjoy this film because it deals with the emotional turmoil within Caesar, which people can relate to due to his struggle to protect his family.
I'm certain this film will be a fantastic summer movie, but it is marketing itself to appeal to adult psychology and themes. Therefore, be cautious about taking children under 13 to see this movie.
Just one more thing: Apes on horses, enough said.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" opens this weekend on July 11th and stars Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russel, and Toby Kebbell.
By: Matthew Romeo
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