War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • There's only two large scale action style battle sequences: the first one is the opening scene, while the last one is the closing scene of the film. Besides this, there are frequent moments of emotional "violence" both psychologically and physically especially in the 2nd half of the film.
  • Apes are enslaved and tortured. A lot of whippings and forced starvation.
  • Some character vomit dark blood while bleeding profusely from the nose.
  • Cesar is tortured over the course of several weeks. He is tied up to a large wooden x limb from limb, and he is left outside to freeze in extremely cold weathers. He also has cold water splashed on him. He is also beaten and gets whipped multiple times.
  • Two scenes of gun and arrow battles between apes/humans and humans/humans. The entire movie only has two action scenes. Not very graphic, but often emotionally taxing. Humans and apes are shot and fall dead in several scenes, there is mild blood and bullet holes but not overly gory. A few apes are shown dead with bloody bullet holes in their heads. Several apes shown with blood on his face. An ape suffocates. Human corpses shown with blood dripping from nose. A few live humans with crusted blood on their nose. Explosions send people and apes flying. Apes are chained and kept prisoner, they are whipped, starved and beaten. Some apes are strung up alive (ie crucifix). Several instances of apes being gunned down in mass - piles of corpses are seen. Injured apes are seen bleeding and bandaged with visible lascerations after a battle. There is a lot of ape/ape violence between Caesars tribe and the "human's apes" - mostly physical fighting.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A character appears drunk. He frequently drinks from a flask

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character commits suicide.
  • A character suddenly starts bleeding from the noise and making "zombie-like" sounds.
  • The final scene may upset some viewers who have been invested in the story.
  • The sudden death of Ceasar's son and wife may upset some viewers.
  • This movie is very hard to watch since it is a lot darker and a lot sadder than the other two movies.
  • EXTREMELY DARK FILM, it is pushing the limits a bit and should be severe
  • This is the most intense movie of the series - by a massive margin. It is bordering on an 'R' rating.
  • The movie is very dark but nothing that a 12-year-old can't handle. It is hard to find what is dark about this film when you're younger but there are a lot of dark elements.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Cesar gets shot in the side, and slowly bleeds to death. This scene is extremely emotional and quite depressing.
  • An ape gets shot in the head at point blank range after deciding to help out Caesar. Blood sprays. This scene is really sad and quite violent.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Koba returns in a couple of scenes looking like a zombie. It is up close and detailed.
  • Ceaser dying at the end will be extremely traumatizing for some viewers.

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