The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
Suitable for: 10- or 11-year-olds and up.
What you should know: This is a sequel to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and it is set in a bleak future when much of the planet’s population has been wiped out. Caesar, the chimp introduced in the reboot, is ruling a colony of apes in the Muir Woods. Many of the apes use sign language to communicate and subtitles are used for a small part of the movie.
Language: One f-word, at least one use of profanity and a half-dozen milder words.
Sexual situations and nudity: None.
Violence/scary situations: Pretty much from beginning to end, starting with a montage of news stories summarizing the toll of the pandemic. Guns are fired by both men and apes, a character is beaten to death, others are shot and injured or killed, an animal is thrown to his death, another falls to his death, and there are explosions, fires and peril to all.
Drug or alcohol use: Some drinking by adults.