Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Review

If you thought the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise was pretty incredible, you’re going to be blown away by the most recent offering. The opening scene of the film catches your attention, and the director never lets you go.  There was never a point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when I thought,,,, hmmmmm animated apes.  I bought in to this film and suspended my disbelief along with everyone else in the theater.

Matt Reeves the director and Michael Seresin, the cinematographer, have taken this installment of the Planet of the Apes saga to new levels of believeability.  It was simply amazing. When Caesar first speaks in the film, the audience was as shocked as the actors appear on the scene. It truly was a powerful moment that hushed the audience and had everyone holding their breath.  But if you think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is just about special effects, think again.  This is a thinking man’s film.  Questions are asked, issues are raised, and the audience is asked to think.

In the last Planet of the Apes movie we leave Caesar and a bunch of apes, chimpanzes, and other assorted monkeys in the forest outside of the San Francisco city limits.  They had escaped their “prison” in our world and started establishing a place for themselves.  In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we start by watching as a group of humans enter their world ten years after a pandemic has wiped out most of the world’s population, and we feel what it’s like to be the minority species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Koba attacks

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Koba attacks

Next we watch what happens when the two worlds collide. The apes and monkeys are much smarter than they were, and they are not willing to wait while men come into “their world” to destroy them. They’ll bring the war to us first.  The humans are already off balance, and in survival mode after the pandemic, so the conflict with the apes is a major threat and completely terrifying at this point in their history.

I miss James Franco in this film, but Gary Oldman puts in his usual excellent performance, and Jason Clarke and Keri Russell both put in solid perfomances as the humans who are trying to bridge the gap between the aggressive humans and the angry apes.  The real stars of the film though are the apes.  They are amazing.

I’m looking forward to see where they take the classic Planet of the Apes film franchise with future installations of the saga.  It seems to be getting better with each film. Enter an alternate future of our world and see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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