Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Film Review

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues several years after Rise and witnesses the devolution of planet Earth as it slowly moves towards the more familiar state of Ape-Rule in 1968 Planet of the Apes. One of the only familiar faces is Caesar, the revolutionary behind the Ape rebellion. The story now sees the Apes living harmoniously in the woods whilst, unbeknownst to the Apes, humans cling to the rubble of San Francisco in a desperate survival governed by Gary Oldman‘s Dreyfus. 

The film is beautiful, it’s hard to believe that most of what you’re seeing is not real. The scenery alone is fantastic but it’s the apes interactions with each other that are the life-force of this film. Their movements are so real one would expect David Attenborough to burst onto the scene at any moment. Sadly it’s the humans who let the film down. The plot line is exceptionally simple, which is great for the younger generations watching, but their flat emotions and cardboard stance leaves little sympathy for them. Not because of distaste for the humans but because it doesn’t matter. When the Apes suffer, you care. That could be the general point of the film but the way the anti-human feeling is executed isn’t done greatly.

Asides from the flaws in humanity the plot is quite slow. It only needed to pick up pace just a tad and it would have flowed even better. That said, it’s 131 minutes long which by today’s standards of reboots and sequels is a decent length. The criticisms are clearly few, though they are very direct they don’t hinder the plot too much. With the dynamic Apes the story propels well with the single act serving humans a minor grievance. Probably one of the best films that will come out this summer. It’s not incredible, it has it’s problems, but it’s still very good.

Verdict – 8/10 – A pick up in pace and a third dimension to the human masses would have made it even better

RELEASE DATE – 17th July 2014

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