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Review | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 2014

Last night I went to the newest cinema in my hometown and saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes! First of all, the cinema I went was amazing!! The sound and picture were perfect! This new cinema has music what comes from everywhere, so when you heard the apes screaming the sound came from the front, from behind and from both sides! This was really an amazing experience.

So last week I saw the first film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After seeing this one I couldn’t wait to see the sequel. So last night I went to this amazing new film in the amazing new cinema with my brother. After seeing a lot of trailers I already knew that half the planet was deserted. The intro showed some news programmes where they were talking about the virus what killed a lot of humans. But the apes survived, because of their immune system, build a home and a family at the place where we saw Ceasar (Andy Serkis) end up in the first film.

So for the apes everything is going well. We see them go on a hunting trip led by Ceasar, who has a son now! The humans however have a hard time. A small colony, led by Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), lives close to place where the apes live, at the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco. To gain power Malcolm (Jason Clarke)  and his group went looking for a dam but without knowing they enter the apes’ habitat. Carver (Kirk Acevedo) panics when he sees them which is not a good thing. Ceasar, who is still in charge, takes care of things by demanding Malcolm and his fellowship to leave this place and never come back. However the people need their dam for power so Malcolm returns and explain it to Ceasar. With his and some other apes’ help everything turns out to be good, for now. Remember Koba (Toby Kebbel)? The ape from the lab with a lot of scars and one blind eye? He’s everything but pleased about this new situation and takes matters into his own hands. This leads to a war between apes and men but also fraction amongst the apes. The measures taken by Dreyfus probably leads to another sequel with again more action than the first film!

Just like Rise of the Planet of the Apes this film showed how amazing technology has evolved. The actors responsible for the movements and emotional expressions of the apes did an incredible job. When an ape shed a tear, I almost did aswell. The emotion was so tangible and the expressions on their faces was incredible! Ceasar and his oldest son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) were my favourites in this aspect. You could see anger, fear, confusion, sadness, horror but also happiness in their eyes and on their faces. The most beautiful moment was when Ceasar’s ‘wife’ got her second baby. Ceasar was so happy to have a family like that! There were two moments I found shocking which involves Koba. The first one was so shocking that I almost screamed out loud: “NOOOOO!!” You already saw what was about to happen but still hoped it didn’t! The other one was freaky, but I already saw that clip in a trailer. (I shouldn’t watch so many trailers) Another touching moment was when Ceasar returns to his old house and when Blue Eyes finds him there. Nice cameo of Will Rodman (James Franco) by the way. The orang-utan Maurice (Karin Konoval) was an ape I really love! He’s like the professor of the group, the wise man who tutors the youngest apes and advises the older ones.

What surprised me a bit was how small Oldman’s role was. I thought he would have a bigger part in this film and that he would be meaner. But the asshole in this film definitely was Carver, who blames the apes for everything! So as a conclusion, this film was beautiful, sad, shocking, full of action with incredible acting, beautiful apes and some impressive music. I would truly recommend this film to everyone!

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5 thoughts on “Review | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 2014

    1. Thanks!!! Yes you will definitely love it! Have you also seen the first film? “Rise”?

  1. Great review! I wanted to wait with reacting to your review until I’ve seen the movie myself. I absolutely loved it. Very suspenseful, heartfelt and with a little bit of social commentary in it. Masterful movie. Don’t forget to read my review as well 😉

  2. Great review. The film is an excellent visual and conceptual improvement of the first and that’s impressive in its own right. And Andy Serkis retains his Title as the master of motion capture.

    “Apes. Together. Strong.”

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