Monday, 11 May 2015

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: 10th July 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox 
Chernin Entertainment 
TSG Entertainment
Relativity Media (in association 

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 125 minutes

Budget: $170,000,000

Box Office Gross: $708,835,589

Plot Summary
It is 2026, and humanity 
has been pushed to near 
extinction by a deadly 
virus. When a group of 
survivors desperate to 
find a new source of power 
travels into the woods 
near San Francisco, they 
discover a highly evolved 
community of intelligent 
apes led by Caesar. The 
two species form a fragile 
peace agreement but 
dissection grows and the 
groups find themselves 
hurtling toward an all-out 


The Apes
Andy Serkis - Caesar
Toby Kebbell - Koba
Nick Thurston - Blue Eyes
Karin Konoval - Maurice
Terry Notary - Rocket
Doc Shaw - Ash
Judy Greer - Cornelia
Lee Ross - Grey

The Humans
Jason Clarke - Malcolm
Gary Oldman - Dreyfus
Keri Russell - Ellie
Kodi Smit-McPhee - Alexander
Kirk Acevedo - Carver
Jon Eyez - Foster
Enrique Murciano - Kemp
James Franco - Dr. Will
Rodman (Cameo)

Director - Matt Reeves
Based on Novel and Suggested
Concept "La Planete des
Singes" - Pierre Boulle
Based on Characters/Writers/
Producers - Rick Jaffa and
Amanda Silver
Producers - Peter Chernin and
Dylan Clark
Production Designer - James
Director of Photography -
Michael Seresin
Senior Visual Effects
Supervisor - Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisor - Dan Lemmon
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Erik Winquist
Animation Supervisor - Daniel Barrett
Film Editors - William Hoy and Stan Salfas
Music - Michael Giacchino


2015 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon,
Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist (Nominated)

I would like to make a statement that I will plan to watch and review any new PLANET OF THE APES movies that are released in the future. To date, I have currently reviewed RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (click here) which was the re-start of the timeline. I have been a very busy body with working on the other movie reviews instead of continuing the saga of a world where apes are the inheritors or the oppressors, but I have recently had the privilege of watching the new one. Although the setting of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is perfect in the sense that it creates an authentic apocalyptic theme which was not in the original 1968 classic. My visit to its predecessor explained the origins of how apes turned against humanity and the second instalment shows that the surviving humans are struggling to co-exist with the dominant apes. Stepping up to the directorial helm is Matt Reeves who has previously gone through the success of an another sci-fi great CLOVERFIELD.

With the use of the motion capture technology used to craft the apes visual design instead of using make-up which was originally used in the classic trilogy and the Tim Burton remake. Returning once again is Andy Serkis who uses the mo-cap technique to portray the main ape of Caesar whereas the last movie showed the beginning of his character rising to power. Toby Kebbell was believable in the role of the treacherous ape Kopa who takes no pleasure in hating the human race when he is almost the exact opposite of Caesar. At first, I was stunned that Gary Oldman was taking on a different role after appearing as Commissioner Gordon in the Batman series and this time, he actually takes it seriously after having been sloppily miscast in the 2014 remake of ROBOCOP (click here). 

In my opinion, this film is great entertainment value and I would like to say to the Ape fans, it definitely matches the quality of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Great continuation or not, this instalment fits well and is a great addition to an already reinstated franchise. If you have not seen it, I think you should give it a watch if sci-fi is your thing.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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