Daily Archives: November 8, 2014
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Plot: Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.
Review: Primates are once again going ape-shit in this sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. In this interesting installment, the film begins ten years after a virus has wiped out all but a handful of humans.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is the story of Caesar and the strive for freedom of all that captures this movie’s true essence. Empathizing with these intelligent beings no longer being the tools of humans is one to both support and fear. It is this unique mixture of elements that make Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stimulating.
In this installment, Caesar heads a community of apes that live, breed, and survive very well in the forest, outside of San Fran. While they are living their idealistic life of peace and harmony, a group of humans (who live in what is left of San Fran), are running out of water, food, and power. The only hope they have is to restore the old generator at the dam. It is the mission of Malcolm (Jason Clarke), and his small band of mercs, to restore the power at all costs.
Of course, since getting to the dam means encountering Caesar and his hive, you can bet that there will not be a lack of conflict, as Caesar is torn between his loyalties to his own species and humans. Add to this, one of his own kind, Koba (Toby Kebbell), wants nothing to do with humans (due to the horrendous experiments he remembered all too well), and from his POV, any ape that sympathizes with humans are traitors to their own species.
Brilliant performances by the lead cast, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Kerri Russell and Jason Clarke.
Action sequences there is no lack of. The development of Caesar in this installment is better than the previous, and the CGI sequences are definitely a treat to watch.
Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes is one film of 2014 that you must watch.
Verdict: Primates Go Ape-Shit
My Rating: 8 out of 10