Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began 20th Century Fox's reboot of the original Planet of the Apes series. Dawn is set ten years after the events of Rise and follows a group of people in San Francisco who struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.
Ten years after simian flu wiped out much of the human race, genetically enhanced chimpanzee Caesar 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 a 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.
Why It Rocks
- The CGI/motion capture on the apes really holds up.
- The film introduces us to Caesar's family, his wife Cornelia and two sons, Blue Eyes and Cornelius.
- Andy Serkis is still great as Caesar.
- Jason Clarke, Kelly Russell, and Gary Oldman have done great performances.
- It is a great allegory of how is the coexistence between two races or completely opposite ideals.
- Koba is a very intimidating, yet tragic and sympathetic main antagonist.
- The film also pays tribute to the first film by showing old footage of young Caesar and his owner, Will Rodman.
- A beautiful setting for building the post apocalyptic future.
- The incredible soundtrack.
- The impressive battle between humans and apes (Which puts us in the shoes of both sides).
- Give a good message about trust, family, and companionship.
- Its ending is epic and amazing.
- While the visual effects are astonishing, in some scenes (particularly in the final fight between Koba and Cesar) feels little fluids.
- False Publicity: in the Trailers and posters of the film Maurice, Luca and Rocket (Friends and Allies of Cesar) could be seen as main characters, however they play a secondary role for most of the film.
- The main poster of the film, you can see Cesar with his legion of apes attacking and destroying a bridge, however this scene never occurs in the film since Koba was the one who leads the legion of apes, to no bridge is destroyed in the film.
- At the same time in the Trailers, several scenes of human percussion by apes like a warship approaching the city could be seen, these scenes do not appear in the film nor in the remastered version.
- The movie has some gaps in the script:
- How humans managed to survive for 10 years.
- Because none of the female apes were able to search for the wounded Cesar.
- How Dreyfus and his companions managed to escape when the human community was being invaded by apes.
- Because the human tower did not collapse completely taking into account the magnitude of the explosives and the poor condition of the building.
- How Koba and his allies could get to the city so quickly if the distance between the simian village and the human community was enormous.