130 Min. | Action – Drama – Sci-Fi | July 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Director: Matt Reeves
Staring: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review: 10 years after the events of ‘Rise of Planet of Apes’ got over, the events of ‘Dawn of Planet of Apes’ follow. We saw that some virus originates causing an epidemic called simian flu spread across the globe during the closing credits of the previous installment. The same events are show in the opening credits of this one. Most of the humans on the earth’s surface are wiped out and few who are alive seem to be somehow immune to the virus. While the apes lead by Caesar have established a new home in the forest and growing in population day by day. The group of human survivors need a dam to be back in operation so that they get electricity but the problem is it lies close to the ape territory. And there the differences on both sides start to begin.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar’s character is well written and Andy Serkis has done a marvelous job. Despite knowing nature of Humans he still is sure not every human is bad. While in the other camp of humans, people are panicking as the apes are smarter than ever and feel threatened. Gary Oldman isn’t at his best but does his job. But its Jason Clarke as Malcolm who is more likable. The bond between Malcolm and Caesar that slowly and strongly develops is one of the strongest points in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also other positive includes, the tension that builds up on each side on the slightest doubt against each other. The CGI and motion capture is also top notch. The post-apocalyptic environment is quite haunting and effects on apes are damn good. Its doesn’t not look perfectly realistic but still one of the best works in recent times.
The weak point of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is it gets quite predictable and towards the end turns into routine action flick filled explosions and more CGI. Also some plot advancements might not make much sense, but its bearable. The ultimate point of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that no one perfect on either side, which is the main cause of misunderstanding. Humans are always feel threatened when they see something far advanced while apes are afraid of humans destroying their species like they destroyed earth. One point where Caesar says “I always think ape better than human. I see now, how much like them we are.”, kept me thinking about our nature for quite some time. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is way different movie compared to Rise. So if you liked the first one because it featured a playful pet-ape Caesar than don’t expect same thing here. But still despite its flaws Dawn of the Planet of Apes is strong movie with good intellectual and emotional depth. Only if they did not make it feel like a blockbuster action flick in the second half it would have been pretty much better