C.S. Lewis' 'Narnia' novels may have spanned seven books and several generations in their appeal, but their on-screen adaptations have always paled in comparison to the bigger and better likes of 'Harry Potter' and 'The Lord of the Rings.' The most remarkably unremarkable fantasy franchise around doesn't exactly break that streak with 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' but it comes the closest so far in the series to achieving satisfying, rip-roaring adventure before the religious elements return in full force.

The elder Pevensie siblings are out of the picture for the most part, having been shipped off to America to live with dear old Dad. The younger two, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley), are forced to endure alongside bratty cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) in brink-of-WWII London. The kingdom of Narnia comes a-calling, though, and all three find themselves summoned to the magical land, re-united with Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and faced with a sinister green mist that's claiming their citizens by the boatload.
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