Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Movie Review


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure
130 minutes /

User Score: 78/100

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review


A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

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.

About Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

Title: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Original Title: Untitled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel
Year: 2014
Runtime: 130 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Diezel Ramos, Luke Burnyeat, Cynthia LeBlanc, Michael Papajohn, Thomas Rosales Jr., Andy Serkis, John L. Armijo, Kerry Sims, Jon Arthur, Terry Notary, Joseph Uzzell, Gary Oldman, Edward J. Clare, Judy Greer, Michelle DeVito, Joseph Fischer, Toby Kebbell, Duane Cothren, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Karin Konoval, Lynnanne Zager, Hélène Cardona, Geraldine Glenn, Mark Joyce, Deneen Tyler, Lee Vang, Carol Sutton, Sergio Kato, M. Jearl Vinot, Angela Kerecz
Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle
Director: Matt Reeves

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