Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review (2014)

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Human kind is on the brink of extinction and intelligent apes are living freely, but a war between the two is about to begin in Dawn of The Planet of the Apes. Review right after the jump.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great surprise. Seeing how disappointed I was when Tim Burton brought out his version years earlier, I wasn’t expecting much. It turned out to be a brilliant movie. Now, we have a sequel, courtesy of the sharp direction from Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and made for $170 million, you better believe your ass that the effects are incredible.

Set a few years after Rise, Caesar and his fellow apes are living freely in a forest outside of San Francisco. Humans have suffered from the spread of a man-mad disease (as seen at the end of Rise). Everything is going well for the apes until one day a group of human survivors enter their domain and an ape is shot.

A war is destined to happen between the two and only Caesar and a human called Malcolm (Isaac Clarke) won’t to prevent it.dawn of apes teaser poster 682x1024 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review (2014)

Dawn is a great follow-up to Rise, with bigger set pieces and more action. It does start off a little slow, but stick with it, and you won’t be disappointed.

As we picked up upon earlier, the visual effects are nothing short of outstanding. The apes, deer and bears look incredible and a wonder to behold on the big screen. Andy Serkis, who is back as Caesar is breath-taking. He has already wowed us on numerous occasions as Golum (the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit) and as King Kong, but his performance as Caesar is up there with the best. He is joined by another British talent, as Toby Kebbel (known for Dead Man’s Shoes and Wrath of the Titans) puts in a fantastic performance as ape gone bad Koba.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not just a blockbuster of a movie, it really does make you think about how humankind has destroyed the planet and other creatures that we share it with. Well done to the writers and Matt Reeves. Dawn is a thinking man’s blockbuster.

4.5 / 5 stars     

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