Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with human civilisation on its last legs as most have died from the Simian Flu. Caesar and the apes have grown as a group up in the hills of San Francisco as they start to build their community.

Having gone 2 years without contact with humans the apes begin to think they are now alone until a small group of humans encroach on their camp which starts a chain reaction to a final conflict of humans v apes.

I had really high expectations for Dawn after the fantastic Rise and the film certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s refreshing to see a Summer blockbuster build around character by keeping action to a bare minimum before flexing its blockbuster muscles in the final act. Right from the start you are taken into the life of the apes and how they have evolved in the ten years since Rise, this also showcases the fantastic CGI in the film, with the interaction between humans and apes seamless.

The mo-cap technology used on the film is absolutely fantastic and for me, the way movies should do large scale CGI now, Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell who play the two leading apes in Caesar and Koba are absolutely fantastic, so much so that you do actually feel they are the apes.

The human cast led by Jason Clarke and the ever excellent Gary Oldman show a human side to the the same conflict, with the same outcomes, which I felt was great, it was like watching 2 stories come together with the same final resolution.

If I was to pick one fault with the film was that the story was a little too transparent, anyone who has seen the trailers is likely to know the full story and who the bad guys are, and if they haven’t, its spelled out pretty quickly for the audience. That being said, its the story of Caesar and his community along with the small band of human characters that really make the film.

Overall Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is up there with the best films of the year and delivers on the hype and maybe beating its earlier incarnation Rise as the best Planet of the Apes film ever. I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the next film, I just hope they get Andy Serkis back as his mo-cap work is extraordinary.

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Alan Horne

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