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Running Time:
1 hour, 52 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A spirited and visually spectacular fantasy adventure, but strictly for the kids.

Additional Info:
Added DVD Features: Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Audio commentary by director Michael Apted and producer Mark Johnson.

Georgie Henley ... Lucy
Skandar Keynes ... Edmund
Ben Barnes ... Prince Caspian
Will Poulter ... Eustace Scrubb
Gary Sweet ... Drinian
Terry Norris ... Lord Bern
Bruce Spence ... Lord Rhoop
Tilda Swinton ... The White Witch
Anna Popplewell ... Susan
William Moseley ... Peter
Shane Rangi ... Tavros
Arthur Angel ... Rhince

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader starring Ben Barnes: DVD Cover This is the third fantasy/adventure in the ongoing series based on the stores by C. S. Lewis, which are a combination of Christian allegory with the childhood fantasy of escaping reality to a magical land where the children become heroic kings and queens.

The story involves Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley), who along with their cousin Eustace (Will Poulter), their royal friend Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep, find themselves swallowed into a painting and onto the Dawn Treader. Their mission...on which rests the fate of Narnia itself...takes the courageous voyagers to mysterious islands and a river that turns to gold, to fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies and to a reunion with their friend and protector, the "Great Lion" Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson).

The most interesting element of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is how it deals with Edmundís coming-of-age story and his anxieties towards both his absent older brother and Prince Caspian, and the ongoing threat posed by his subconscious desire for the White Witch (Tilda Swinton), the seductive/dangerous monster.

The British director Michael Apted has made a film that moves along at a much more satisfying pace than the last adventure  Prince Caspian in 2008 but still falls far short of the promise of the first adventure The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005. This one is definitely aimed at younger audiences. The action is decent and the film is
visually spectacular but the end result is that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a passable, but underwhelming entertainment.

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