Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Ten years after simian flu wiped out much of the world's homosapiens, genetically enhanced chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his ever-growing band of followers have established a thriving colony just outside San Francisco in Muir Woods. Meanwhile, a small band of human survivors emerges, which forces Caesar -- as leader -- to grapple with the dual challenge of protecting his people and re-establishing a relationship with the remaining human population -- the latter being Caesar's secret wish.
Release Date: July 11, 2014
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Movie Title: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
PG-13, 2 hours 10 minutes
In a Nutshell:
When I was young I went to a Planet Of The Apes Movie Marathon with my friends. We got a kick out of the furry franchise, featuring the talents of Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell. We knew the apes looked cheesy, but we still liked it.
This action-packed edition is a sequel to the successful 2011 reboot Rise Of The Planet of the Apes and showcases some truly amazing CGI. True fans will get to see apes riding horses while toting AR15s, explosions, and plenty of human-ape conflict.
The dystopian genre has been extremely popular these past few years and, I must admit, it was interesting to imagine what my old stopping grounds, San Francisco, would look like after a deadly pandemic hits the area, wiping out most of the human race. The setting and mood in this film are exceptional.
Power. The humans were trying to get power…electricity to run their colony of survivors. The apes were also trying to get power…control over humans.
Both sides, apes and humans, include those who see a future built on respect for the other, as well as those who are filled with hatred and prejudice. You’ll find yourself cheering for both sides.
Things I liked:
Those eyes! Those penetrating eyes! Outstanding CGI showcases super detailed facial expressions on the apes. The monkeys were extremely realistic, although some of their movements were a little too human. There were a couple of times when some apes fought each other and it looked more like professional wrestling match. Their tears and subtle expressions were so impressive. In fact, those who shed tears in the movie (humans AND apes) do so in such a genuine way that it's not overdone.
You get to see an adorable baby chimpanzee.
I thought the “head hug” between (NO SPOILER ALERT) the ape and the man was very sweet. It reminded me of the movie 10,000 B.C.
I’ve always thought Keri Russell was so lovely. I want a pair of her boots to tromp around in the woods.
Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke do a good job and the talented Andy Serkis supplies the meaningful voice behind Caesar, the leader of the apes.
In the Mark Walberg edition of Planet Of The Apes , the apes almost had magical powers that enabled them to fly and jump to an absurd degree. This film's apes are more realistic and believable.
Things I didn’t like:
I know they have to make distinctions between the apes so that we can tell them apart, but I thought the hippie, beaded headband that Caesar’s wife wore was just silly. There was also some other ape that always hung out with the wife who wore a completely bizarre face mask with dangles covering almost the entire face.
Why do they always put the dumb Bubbas in charge of the guns?
There were some inconsistencies in the story. For example, the dad said “They don’t need power; that’s their strength”, talking about the apes. However, when we go into the apes’ headquarter camp at night, they have hanging lamps. It made for a pretty lighting effect, but was illogical.
The movie takes itself a little too seriously. There were a few, mildly humorous moments, but it could have used a few more.
Did you notice?
The symbol on the big rock in the apes’ headquarters?
The muscle serving as the guard patrol at the apes’ headquarters were a bunch of beefy gorillas.
I thought the sounds the orangutan made were really interesting and wondered if they were close to the real thing. Click here to hear what a real orangutan sounds like. It’s known as the “longcall.”
Did you know that the talented actor who voices Caesar also created the fantastic sounds and movement for Gollum in The Complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy , as well as the duo films for The Hobbit ?
It was a female actress who voices the ape, Maurice.
“Fear makes others follow.” - Caesar’s son
“Trust.” - Caesar
“I see how much like them we are.” – Caesar
“Ape not kill ape.” – Caesar
“He saw things no kid should ever see and I’m not letting us go back to that.” - Malcom
“What are you doing?”
“Saving the human race.” - Dreyfus
“Home. Family. Future.” - Caesar
Tips for parents: Some profanity, 1 F-bomb, and lots of violence. If you have kids who are learning sign language at school, they may enjoy watching the apes “talk.” There are a lot of captions throughout the entire movie to help you understand what the apes are saying.1 Thank ·
I really enjoyed this movie. Good monkey... I mean character development. You have to see the movie to know what I am talking about but the monkeys acting is awesome. And the CGI was amazing. Not distracting.August 9th, 2014 · Details
Its good but they say the f word in it only once but still n
ot a good movie for kidsJuly 27th, 2014 · Details
If you like the Planet of the Apes series you'll enjoy it. Otherwise it's a 90 minutes too long.July 25th, 2014 · Details
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) featured a compelling back story and some impressive motion capture special effects. Now, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” hits theaters with the same strengths, though it feels like it’s still reaching for a chord to match the authority of the first film. “Dawn” is a very good movie, but it feels like it could have been a great one... See Full ReviewJuly 22nd, 2014 · Details
Like the previous movies in this franchise, the apes are incredibly realistic thanks to motion capture technology and a group of talented actors who portray them. But giving the animals human-like feelings and emotions increases the sense that these two species are more alike than different. That is all too evident in a negative way when apes and humans attack one another with guns and explosives, and then imprison one another. Characters are also brutally beaten or shot at close range. And politically coups occur in both camps... See Full ReviewJuly 15th, 2014 · Details
Though it's not a film for kids, this latest addition to a franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994) has enough going for it to please most adults. Grown-ups also will find the themes underlying director Matt Reeves' 3-D follow-up to the 2011 reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" congruent with Christian values... See Full Review
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) declared that other than the fact that the film's apes are intelligent, "Everything else is completely realistic." I'm not so sure about that; there are holes in the plot big enough to drive a tank through, but let's be real: nobody goes to this kind of movie for the plot. It's all about the spectacle, about gun-toting apes riding horses and marching on cities. And explosions, of course. No summer blockbuster is complete without explosions (though I must say I found these a bit wimpy, especially given the amount of C4 involved). But never mind; as relatively mindless entertainment goes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will do just fine... See Full Review
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is undeniably a dynamic chest-thump of a summer movie. Its dystopian world of crumbling cities, where ragged groups of men and apes battle for dominance, is vividly created—right down to the gritty death throes at times. The horse-riding, word-grunting ape/gorilla/monkey/orangutan characters are a feat of CGI brilliance. And the musical score is sweeping... See Full Review
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES would have been better with some judicious cutting. The beginning has too much exposition. Also, some dialogue is on the nose. That said, the movie gets much better as it goes along. The ending is terrific. Even better, the movie is a thoughtful exploration of redemptive moral virtues, including compassion, family and self-sacrifice. Regrettably, the movie contains some strong foul language and very intense battle scenes. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution to DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES... See Full Review
The film recalls old-school cowboys-and-Indians westerns, with the apes riding into battle on horses and the humans and their armory holed up in the ruins of San Francisco like it is Fort Apache. Then the apes get the guns, and everything escalates fast. The film wisely gives both groups of primates a range of characters, some wise and trustworthy, some bigoted and angry. Both species have to learn that respect has to be based on character and actions, not on genetics. The division is not between man and ape but between those who can envision a future with cooperation and trust and those who cannot... See Full Review
It's a provocative sci-fi action film with dynamite special effects, a powerful humanistic theme with echoes of real-life social conflicts, and a truly wondrous performance by Serkis.
We can't help but cheer for both sides. Or, rather, we root for a peaceful co-existence.
Close-up shot of Serkis' intelligent and piercing eyes open and close the film meaningfully. It's not hard to identify with the beleaguered and benevolent primate. It's as if he's peering deep into the audience's soul and searching, guardedly, for compassion... See Full Review