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RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [Additional material,Audio description]

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES <span>[Additional material,Audio description]</span> artwork

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [Additional material,Audio description]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 100m 33s

Ratings Info Contains intense threat and moderate violence

Genre(s) Action, Drama, Science Fiction

Director(s) Rupert Wyatt

Cast includes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 29/09/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a prequel to the original science-fiction film series, showing how primates gained intelligence and rose up against the captivity imposed on them by humans. The film was classified '12' for scenes of intense threat and some moderate violence.

There are a number of sequences in which apes go on the rampage, against captivity generally and humans specifically. The threat to the human population from these powerful and dangerous creatures is made very apparent as they demolish property and as people flee in panic. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained'. For the most part, these threatening sequences are not sustained and there are moments of reassurance, both when humans intervene and when the apes begin to form a sense of the differences between right and wrong and between justice and injustice. This gives the film a sense of hope that mitigates the scenes of chaos of mayhem.

During the scenes of chaos, there are some moments of violence. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood'. While the apes do attack humans, it is evident that some restraint is being used as few humans are seen to be killed unless the apes are acting in self defence. On these occasions, the killings are lacking detail and, in most cases, the victims are clearly bad guys. Where there is some bloodshed, such as when the main ape bites off the finger of a man he thinks is attacking his 'Grandfather', it is brief and not emphasised.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.


Title Information
Additional material,Audio description
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
100m 33s
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Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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