Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Gary Oldman
Released: July 2014
The Rise of the Dawn of the Reconstruction of the Reboot of the Planet of the Apes.
A decade after the ALZ-113 virus breaks out, a group of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened after a group of human survivors discovers them. Despite reaching a delicate peace, there are those who fear coexistence and only believe in war.
This is everything a sequel should do. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes succeeds on so many levels: as a summer blockbuster, social commentary, and cinematic artwork.
First off, the visuals of the movie - there was one moment where I was like, “That’s a real ape. We are looking at a real ape’s face right now!” The setting is beautifully designed and realized for both the ape and human colonies. There is one scene where a tank just starts spinning, and we can see everything, I thought that was the smartest thing ever. Not only does it look bad ass but it serves an even bigger purpose to the commentary the film makes.
Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Gary Oldman were as sufficient as they were going to be. Andy Serkis was the heart of this movie. I’m not sure if an Oscar nomination would mean anything but it would be well deserved. Serkis’ talent is profound.
The direction of the film is great too! OH MY GOSH THE DIRECTION OF THE FILM! I thought it was going to turn into Avatar and then the movie is like, “Nope, we’re going this way.” Every time you think this movie is going to be your typical summer blockbuster it flips the script.
A must see! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes succeeds its already surprisingly good predecessor and does everything a sequel should do. A fantastically done film.