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Dawn of The Planet of The Apes (2014) – An epic Adventure that makes it hard to pick a Side

Actors: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, Jon Eyez, Enrique Murciano, Larramie Doc Shaw, Lee Ross

Duration: 130 min
Rated: PG-13

You might Like this Movie is you enjoyed:
Rise of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

Long Story Short:
After a virus hits the world, a small group of humans survivors tries to convince a huge pack of apes to let them discover their territory to find a way to keep the electricity up. But anger and mistrust son turns into a tragedy.

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes continues many years (or decades?) after it’s prequel, Ceasar is the leader of a huge pack of apes who follow his peaceful message “Apes don’t kill Apes”. When a small group of human survivors tries to see if there are any resources in the woods to keep the electricity in the city, they get caught, and accidentally shoot one of Ceasar’s kind. While most apes are ready to kill them for what the humans have done to them in the past, Ceasar wants to chose the peaceful way and hear them out. But neither race finds complete trust in each other.

The movie starts a bit slow, but only for about ten minutes. We get to know how the apes have evolved, they have a sign language, but can also speak (not like humans though). They hunt together, eat together, spend time with each other, and have their rituals like a big happy family. Even though it is interesting to see that, it is almost too quiet since they speak in sign language at first and we see subtitles. But once they reveal that the apes can speak and the humans come in the picture, there is no stopping from there.

The story soon turns into an action filled adventure that confirms that no matter what race we look at, evil spreads faster than good.

I didn’t look at it as a science fiction movie, because the apes didn’t speak as fluent as they did in the early versions the Planet of The Apes, nor did they act entirely human. It was more of an action-drama with a serious undertone. It definitely got me thinking.

The digital effects are mind blowing, the actors, especially the ones who play the apes are phenomenal, while the human characters fall a little flat at times. Nonetheless I can say I can recommend this movie to anyone. Period. Who doesn’t like a good story filled with great special effects, action and drama?

Dawn of The Planet of the Apes is easily of (the few) best movies of 2014, and I like it just as much as the first part, if not even better.

Oh, and P.S.: Don’t expect a fight under the San Francisco bridge like the movie poster may suggest, this wasn’t part of the movie.

Rating: 9/10


  1. Good review. It’s the type of blockbuster that lives and breathes by its story. As well as its characters and thankfully, both are pretty well-done. Except for the humans.

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