Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) is an American science fiction movie that is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). Director Matt Reeves (Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Felicity, The Yards) did a phenomenal job with this astounding movie. The movie contains violence, mild bad language, frightening intense scenes, suspense and sit on the edge of your seat scenes with lots of twists. This movie is definitely more violent and graphic than the first movie, but it was not overdone.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about the ALZ-113 virus in 2016 that caused the human civilization and economy to collapse. Over 95% of the human race became extinct with the virus while some are immune to it. Caesar (Andy Serkis - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Prestige, The Adventure of Tintin) leads a new generation of apes ten years later in Muir Woods. Caesar’s son, Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston - Reviving Ophelia, Not for Human Consumption, White Irish Drinkers) and his best friend, Rocket’s (Terry Notary - Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk, The Adventure of Tintin) son, Ash (Doc Shaw - Nobody Loves Me, Thunderstruck) walk through the forest. Ash and Blue Eyes ran into Carver (Kirk Acevedo - Oz, The Thin Red Line) who is a human while walking through the forest. Carver got scared and shot Ash while calling out to his other armed human friends to help him. Caesar called out for his ape friends while Carver ordered his friends to leave. Caesar went to the city with his friends and told them that the humans should stay in their territory, and the apes will do the same because they do not want war but will do anything necessary to keep their home safe.
The humans want to reach a hydroelectric dam to get power for their city, but they have to go into the apes territory to do so. The humans reached out to Caesar, and he gave them permission to get their electricity but Koba (Toby Kebbell - RocknRolla, Wrath of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Times) who is an ape that does not trust the humans. I liked the scene where apes Koba and Caesar fought savagely, and Koba shot Caesar in the chest and Caesar fell—watch the movie to see all the details about the brutal fight between Koba and Caesar. Koba is Caesars second in command, and it is a battle that you should see in 3D. I love how the director introduces us to the characters and how about 95% of the human race is extinct. The cinematography, setting and CGI was exceptionally well done. The cast did an amazing job with their parts and I am anxiously waiting part 3.
Starring: Michael Papajohn, Thomas Rosales Jr., Gary Oldman, Cynthia LeBlanc, Diezel Ramos, John L. Armijo, Andy Serkis, Karin Konoval, Michelle DeVito, Edward J. Clare, Joseph Uzzell, Geraldine Glenn, Kerry Sims, Deneen Tyler, Judy Greer, Carol Sutton, Joseph Fischer, Jon Arthur, Duane Cothren, Kodi Smit-McPhee, J.D. Evermore, Mark Joyce, Lee Vang, Steven Wiig, Douglas Wilcox II, Angela Kerecz, Mahal Montoya, Lynnanne Zager, Sergio Kato, M. Jearl Vinot
Director: Matt Reeves
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