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 
with)

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 125 minutes


Budget: $170,000,000

Box Office Gross: $708,835,589
(Worldwide)


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 
war.


Cast

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)


Crew
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
Chinlund
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


Awards

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


Review
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 busybody 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 humans and apes are struggling to co-exist. Stepping up the directorial helm is Matt Reeves who has previously gone through the success of an another sci-fi great CLOVERFIELD. Great continuation or not, this instalment fits well and is a great addition to an already reinstated franchise.

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 delightful of being cast as the treacherous ape Kopa who takes no pleasure in hating the human race when he is almost the exact opposite to 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 has 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. 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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