Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review: The Return of the King

Dawn of The Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of The Apes comes out today, and many people will be excited to see the return of Caesar (Andy Serkis) since the last film.  Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) we see an entirely new San Francisco overrun by not just the destruction of modern society, but domination by all sorts of flora and fauna. I must admit, I was surprised that Matt Reeves pulled off such a high-budget movie like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes after Cloverfield which felt quite short on direction, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has incredibly direction and a storyline plot that is written incredibly well.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place ten years after a disease has wiped out most of the population. The survivors are mostly immune and end up accidentally at war with the apes thanks to the evil protagonist one-good eyed ape Koba (Toby Kebbell) who gives an incredible contrast to the leadership of Caesar, always challenging Caesar’s loyalty in a tense act of prejudice against humans for their earlier days of experimentation on apes. This tension is constant throughout the film, and the visual splendor of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes far outdoes the original as we see the apes in their own habitat and leadership organization/kingdom of sorts.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a storyline that starts off strong, and though it ends up being rather predictable and lackluster, it is a visual feast of great acting supplemented by an incredible score and wonderful cinematography work by the visual effects and on-location production crews. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is definitely the adventure a lot of people are going to want to see this summer.

Rating: 3.5/5

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