It's a testament to the quality of this film that you soon forget what a technical marvel these ape characters are and become much more focussed on the story. Caesar, once again, is at the forefront of this film, and the exploration of the ape community is fascinating to watch. Yet rather than simply focus on Caesar, Reeves is more interested in showing the fragility of peace between the human and ape communities, the distrust and hatred that can develop between two opposing factions and how easy such emotions can tear down any attempts to bring an end to hostilities. It's as relevant an issue that you could find to explore in modern society and it works wonderfully well here. Although the human characters are not as well developed, Reeves doesn't rush the story and the tentative steps to building trust between the two "families" in the opening half are beautifully played and help to ensure that the audience has some investment in both sides when all hell breaks loose. And whilst there are no real surprises in where the story is going, it is this focus on the characters like the previous film that help to make the action sequences tense and exciting to watch, even if the finale strays a little into CGI overload.
Just seeing Andy Serkis in that mo-cap suit got me jazzed even more for this.
There was a lot of hype about this movie when it was first released. But I avoided it because of how much I liked "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (4.5 out of 5 score). And sadly, I was correct in my assessment that it probably would not live up to my own expectations.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was disappointing. It's really nothing more than a simple commentary on race. Not everyone is the same, regardless of outward appearances...gee, thanks for the revelation. The movie also carries a strong anti-gun message, but I still noticed that when the guns were not in the hands of an ape or a man, they didn't kill anyone.
The only reason I rated this as good was because of the amazing special effect when live actors interacted with the CGI apes. When the apes were in the same shots as the live actors, it was nearly seamless. When the apes appeared on-screen alone they looked cartoony, Caesar's eyes being the exception.
This is how big budget action thrillers were meant to be. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes juggles interesting ideas, a great storyline and lovely cinematic techniques. It's also gripping throughout.
Michael Giacchino to Score ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ - YES! :D
1 Original film series
1.1 Planet of the Apes (1968) https://trakt.tv/movies/planet-of-the-apes-1968
1.2 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) https://trakt.tv/movies/beneath-the-planet-of-the-apes-1970
1.3 Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) https://trakt.tv/movies/escape-from-the-planet-of-the-apes-1971
1.4 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) https://trakt.tv/movies/conquest-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-1972
1.5 Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) https://trakt.tv/movies/battle-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-1973
2 Remake film
2.1 Planet of the Apes (2001) https://trakt.tv/movies/planet-of-the-apes-2001
3 Reboot film series
3.1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) https://trakt.tv/movies/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-2011
3.2 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) https://trakt.tv/movies/dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-2014
3.3 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) https://trakt.tv/movies/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-2017
[8.4/10] The beauty of speculative fiction is that it let’s us understand ourselves better by reflecting the world from a comfortable distance. Thankfully, there is no actual conflict between apes or humans, no post-apocalyptic, disease-ridden setting that requires humanity to cluster for survival, and no human vs. simian enmity. But the real world does have xenophobia, the tension of nations wanting to show strength while avoiding the costs and bloodshed of war, and families of all stripes struggling to find their way in an uncertain world.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes does better than its fellow genre films by taking those issues seriously in the context of its fantastical premise. It would be easy to turn a movie about a colony of sentient monkeys interacting with a colony of survivalist humans into a big block of cinematic cheese. Instead, Dawn imbues its man vs. ape conflict with rich, culturally-relevant points of tension, recognizable characterizations for human and chimp alike, and an approach that gives weight and meaning to events that could sound ludicrous on paper.
But it also does better than its mainstream prestige-aiming brethren at exploring issues of community conflict, prejudice, and leadership because it has the benefits of that distance. The tensions between apes and humans in Dawn can, in different guises and modes, work as a metaphor for international conflicts, for issues of race relations, for familial challenges, without having to be bogged down in the real world lionizing or contentious details. By going bigger and more outsized, the film also becomes more universal than a more down-to-earth take on these ideas could.
Dawn picks up roughly ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, its Franco-fronted predecessor. In that decade, humanity has been decimated by a “simian flu,” leaving pockets of survivors, including one holed up in the remains of San Francisco. In that same time, Caesar, the literal and figurative father of a new generation of sentient apes, has formed a community in nearby Muir forest, leading a growing group of his kind with his allies from before the fall of the world, fostering that sense of community, and raising his two sons with his wife. It’s been at least a couple of years since the apes have seen a human, and the surviving humans seem to have no idea that there are intelligent, english-speaking chimps out there.
Naturally, this being a movie, these two groups come into contact and conflict with one another when the dam that the humans need to restore power to their makeshift village lies within ape territory. But from that simple need for community to have to encounter and deal with another, Dawn spins an engrossing story of mutual mistrust, efforts to mend fences, a legacy of hate, and the inherent difficulty of calming the tensions that arise from those who are angry, scared, and unable to stomach the hard work of accepting another people as being as valid and complicated and noble and pitiable as your own.
The great tools of Dawn’s screenplay, penned by returning scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and franchise newcomer Mark Bomback, are the parallel and the counterreaction. The film spends a significant amount of time cutting between the apes and the humans, showing them to be two households alike in dignity. Caesar's growing family is juxtaposed with the blended family Malcolm (Caesar’s designated “good guy human” counterpart) is trying to forge. Both human and simian leaders mull over the necessities and potential costs of violent conflict in much the same terms. And both communities have agitators ready to wipe out the enemy before the enemy has the chance to do the same to them, and those trying to hold the clan together and keep the peace. The same fears, the same prejudices, the same hopes and affections, are put on display for both groups.
At the same time, Dawn deftly depicts the rushing and receding tides of relations between the groups. A tender moment between Malcolm’s friends and Caesar’s son just as quickly turns tense and violent when an unexpected bit of contraband is uncovered. The good works and bonds formed between Caesar, Malcolm, and their confidantes that inspires hope for good relations is immediately undercut by scenes of their doubters who are instigating and preparing for war. Each moment of progress is met with a setback, only for another step forward to be made -- whether personal or ecumenical -- while another pitfall rests on the horizon. The film does justice to the tenderness and fragility of peace between peoples, how easily it can emerge and how quickly it can vanish.
But however heady it may be, Dawn is still a blockbuster, and it excels on that front even when its high-minded inclinations are set aside for the studio-mandated combat and explosions. Director Matt Reeves, cinematographer Michael Seresin, and the incredible team of animators who brought the apes to life and integrated them into an outsized but recognizable world, come together to create incredible cinematic images that serve the film’s purposes and aren’t reduce to mere superlative eye-candy.
It’s a fine line to try to show a chimp on horseback, brandishing a pair of automatic weapons, guns akimbo, riding through flame, and make it something both awesome and serious, but somehow Dawn threads the needle, matching gripping visuals with the sense of the horrors of war. A close-up on Caesar’s eyes as bookends works as a visual shorthand for his renewed humanity and the weight of the world on his shoulders. And the movements and expressions of the apes, and their interactions with the humans, help communicate that life and sentience better than raw exposition ever could.
Like Rise before it, that may be Dawn’s greatest achievement. In a time where every blockbuster is filled with undifferentiated, oft-unconvincing CGI, the simian characters in Dawn not only move and interact with weight and purpose, but the animators take pains to capture the subtle gestures and expressions of the human actors portraying the apes, making them feel like genuine souls and not just computer-generated abstractions. That not only gives power to the inevitable ape-on-ape and man vs. monkey skirmishes, where chimps limp and engage in the grisly business of war with either the fires of revenge or the weight of sadness in their eyes, but it gives added force to the film’s “equally yoked” approach to the two communities.
That’s especially true for Andy Serkis’s take on Caesar, who somehow tops his performance from Rise. There’s plenty of solid performances in Dawn, from Jason Clarke who’s serviceable as Malcolm, to Gary Oldman and Keri Russell who make great things out of the all-too-little they’re given to do. But Serkis’s Caesar is the film’s crown jewel, making the viewer believe in a chimp who can weigh the costs and benefits of war and civilization, convey both anger and tenderness at the right moment, and want a better future for the next generation as much as any flesh and blood character ever could.
At times, though, the blockbuster-y elements of Dawn do weigh down the film. Both the ape and human antagonists become too over the top evil at times. But even there, Dawn manages to motivate them in believable ways, with the human foil resenting his simian counterparts because he blames them for the disease that wiped out humanity, and his ape equivalent carrying the legacy of his own mistreatment at the hands of humans. That experience led one hawkish chimp to inherit the worst of humanity (plus an impressive ability to code switch) and a desire to inflict it back on his tormentors, while Caesar’s experience of the kindness and decency humans are capable of in Rise gives him a different, more yielding perspective.
It’s that kind of depth that sets Dawn of the Planet of the Apes apart from both the science fiction and fantasy films that treat an outlandish premise as an excuse to tell weightless stories, and from the more “serious” films that treat the gravitas of their subject matter as an excuse not to delve into it with grace or nuance. This film offers the best of both worlds, a meaty take on a classic sci-fi idea, and a fantastical lens through which to review real world communal conflict, that gets at notions of leadership, fear of the other, community and humanity, better than scores of films on either side of its divide.
Great sequel. A bit more towards action but still some powerful character moments. What makes this work anyway is the portrayal of the apes not only from the technical side, no, even more how they are written. What always drew me to this story is the approchability. It felt possible which, for me, is a sign of a good story baseline. And even with the role reversal in the end the apes are no different than men which makes this also a tragic story. So far this is really one of very few remakes that don´t stand behind the original. They both are equally great within there timeframe. Althought technically it is not a remake but, by staying true to the story, a prequel. Now I hope they can keep the quality up for the next one.
Dance, monkey...dance!!!! Ooo ooo ahh ahh good boy
A solid sequel that once again puts the Tim Burton film to shame. I can't wait for the 3rd one!
Ahhhh!!! Kerry Russel Le Amoooo!!!
¿Sabéis lo que mas me asusta de ellos? Que no necesitan energía, luz, calor... nada.Esa es su ventaja... y los hacen mas fuertes.
Muy bien lograda y conseguida esta continuidad de Cesar y los suyos
Imagínense todo lo que puede tener un buen blockbuster en cuanto a tecnicismo. La calidad de los efectos especiales hay que multiplicarla por 10, piensen en una banda sonora palpitante y ahora súmenle una historia seria, personajes relevantes y un protagonista épico y profundo. Te atrapa de una forma increíble, y eso sin mencionar la gran reflexión con la que viene y lo inspiradora que es. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes es lo más emocionante que se puede encontrar en el genero. EMOCIONANTE.
¡Excelente! Espero la tercera, sin duda somos animales y aunque sea algo imposible, me llena de angustia la ciencia ficción de estas películas.
Los efectos especiales son muy buenos, recreando fantásticamente todos los simios. La película no se queda ahí, pero sin embargo creo que fracasa en parte al imponer un ritmo lento como queriendo subrayar que lo importante es el dilema moral de simios y humanos y no la acción descarnada. Vamos, que le ha sobrado media hora.
8,5/10. Very good confrontation between caesar and koba
Currently binging this trilogy and I really enjoyed dawn the first time but it was even better on rewatch. The fact that I don’t even want or feel the need to bring up how amazing the motion capture of these apes is really speaks volumes for everything else this movie has going for it. Once again and especially in this film you get to know these apes they are at the forefront of these movies now this isn’t just Man vs Ape but also Ape vs Ape and shows the struggle from inside. This movie is a high stakes and u can see that from both sides what their risking and the stakes just continue to rise throughout this movie making u more and more invested a truly amazing sequel.
Drawing inspiration from Battle For the Planet of the Apes, Dawn returns to the series’ core exploration of sociopolitical issues. Picking up over 10 years after the apes escaped from San Francisco in the post-apocalyptical aftermath of the Simian Flue pandemic, Caesar’s new ape society clashes with human survivors when they come looking to re-open a hydroelectrically power station. The CGI is incredible, as the apes look remarkably lifelike (more so than the last film), and the action scenes are extremely intense and exciting. The score by Michael Giacchino is also especially good, and helps to set the right tone. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stays true to the spirit of the original series while delivering a compelling and bold new vision.
I like this one a little bit more than the first. The action is great and I love all the ape politics. It's crazy how good the CGI is.
Set a full ten years after the events of its predecessor, the latest Apes picture has humanity near extinction while Caesar and his ever-expanding family have established a functional utopia amidst the desolation. Most of the first act is a simple, enveloping visual treat - establishing the world as it now stands and savoring the unique visuals of San Francisco (and the surrounding area) in the aftermath of a near-total human annihilation event. Crumbling cityscapes, creeping plant life, reverberations of a lost civilization... this story lends itself nicely to vivid, poignant splashes of scenery, and the effects team is more than up to that challenge.
In fact, moving on from that slow, thoughtful series of reflections is a feat the film struggles with. Though rich and layered in its own ways, the story plays second-fiddle to the mood at large, and often feels telegraphed by the events of the first film (not to mention the original series). It's a deep, thought provoking installment, with some lights-out physical acting from the entire motion-capture cast, but I couldn't shake the sense that it could have stretched itself much further than it did. When it came time for the parallel climactic face-offs amidst the fireworks of an unavoidable human/ape warzone, I kept thinking to myself, "Is this really all there is?"
Firm, fiery and intelligent, but perhaps a bit too safe, too happy to fall back on a set of standard action movie routines. Beautifully dark, it's also a decided step back from the promise seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
So many annoying characters.
Honestly, I miss Franco following RPA.
I have watched the trilogy (so far there is only a trilogy) and boy how glad I'm to see this saga only improve. I found the first one shitty, but enough of that, this is a comment on this movie specifically, not the trilogy, even so, I will compare this primarily with the other two, without getting too detailed about it.
The plot continues not so short after the first movie. There is a narration in the beginning but it's not so annoying as others narrations can be. The first scene of the apes hunting was amazingly shot, I actually gasped a little, first, there is Ceasar's yell, then a moment of the prey running in despair and then the sound starts. That sound I found it so amazing and fit the scene nicely, but I don't think any director could pull something like that easily (though I'm "dummy" level when it comes to cinematography techniques).
The plot then follows slowed-paced. It is actually kind of boring at times, but this is rewarded by the emotional shit, the conflict that comes in Ceasar's understanding that Apes are just as bad as Humans.
That ending though was better than anything they put in the first movie, but not the third (even better than this one).
Even after the watching the third movie and loving more than the first two, I'm still amazed by Serkis's acting. Even with CGI, he manages to pass a great deal of emotion, that, of course, couldn't be accomplished with a shitty CGI team, so they did a really amazing job in that part.
While I was praising the sound from the opening scene I can say that its soundtrack is not that memorable and other movies, that is not to say that is bad, it's just not memorable.
Compared to the other two movies, the humans in this one is lacking something, I would say charisma, but that wouldn't be accurate. The only acting that really stands out, besides Serkis, is that of Gary Oldman. But even Gary didn't have the time for truly shine.
Finally, I must say that the first movie is good but worse than this one and this one is worse than the third one. At least in my humble opinion.
In expectation of seeing the WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, I'm refreshing my memory of the new franchise, I began with RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - 7 (good) out of 10 - and have just finished this 2nd offering. As the story switches from human centric to ape centric, so too switched the weight of performance from live to CGI, which was an advantage because the CGI is compelling, nuanced and seamless. Where I found the characters and relationships flagging in the last movie, I found them more developed in this film and although the seeds were there for even more fullness in the human drama it seems they chose action over depth of character and story telling. I give this a 7.5 (improved) out of 10. Once again Andy Serkis is brilliant.
Before watching any of the Apes films, there are some things to consider: The disease that is spreading causes the infected human(s) to grow more and more primitively while the apes grow smarter and smarter by the day. The (human) military may or may not be aware of how fast the apes grow and learn. I hope that explains most if not all of the complaints anyone has about the story. Personally, I thought the third film, WAR, was fine, but I liked the second film, DAWN, the best of this trilogy because it was well paced and set between the prologue/beginnings and the aftermath of the story. There's a good fight scene at the end which served to be quite satisfying. The chemistry between the two characters Caeser and Koba reminds me a whole lot of Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto from the X-Men series where one stands for peace and the other stands for war, but instead of mutants, they're apes.
Good lord what an awful movie. 4/5th way through the movie, the only feelings I had were anger at how unbelievably stupid people were.
- Monkey walk straight into the armory, unnoticed, and kills 2 guys, then steal a few guns and leaves, somehow unnoticed- Monkey leader gets publicly shot by an unseen shooter. His body had barely hit the ground before monkeys had declared war and attacked the human base. Nobody thought to check if he was alive?- Later monkeys attack armory again, kill the 2 guards (2 guards!?) watching the freaking ARMORY and arm their entire monkey army. Nobody had noticed the other 2 guys being killed earlier?- Humans have a tank. Phew! GG. Oh, except they drive the tank into a swarm of apes with the top hatch WIDE OPEN. Who could possibly have predicted that going wrong. Now the apes have a tank.- More stupid shit
What a waste of time.
não sei por que demorei em assistir a este filme! que tempo perdido! filmaço em todos os aspectos! -
Intelligent and thrilling storytelling with amazing CGI – Science-Fiction of the best possible kind.
Nice movie...worth watching. I personally preferred the first version
A little bit better than the first outing, but still waaay too much touchy feely stuff. Only watch to see where the story is going...
Great movie 7.8/10
Some plot holes, but overall very good and watchable.Also, the monkey puppy thing-y is too cute aww
The movie cover is super misleading. I don't know why the Golden Gate Bridge is on fire because that never happens in the movie. Also.. the combination of both a huge disease that wipes out humans plus super intelligent apes taking over is a little too much for a single movie, or even a series. Overall, 7/10 and is a good watch, but there are some plot holes.
And now on to the sequel! Happy to finally check it out.
Down of the plants apes movie is good that is much of action than few speaks. liked it.
Certainly a movie to showcase the CG progress but the story is rather weak. Too bad they went from advancing apes to a horde of louse eating furballs over the course of the movie... way to ruin it.
The one thing that made me have a hard time with this one (and other planet of the apes for that matter) is that I always have such a hard time accepting humans as being the "saving grace" and portraying our most perfected achievement as a species of being nature's best and most perfected ruthless killing machines onto the apes. I think it was a good movie, even though I as an ape supporter think that the human's perspective and scenes were too prolonged in some places.
Down of the plants apes
The movie started out a bit slow with its seemingly typical presentation of post-apocalyptic world. We are too presented with the seemingly typical mankind's arrogance on other species deemed as inferior. I really thought the humans will fuck up as usual.
This is one of the few movies that keep reminds me of how arrogant mankind can be - or more precisely, how arrogant a species with extraordinaire intelligence can be. It is instinct of survival accompanied by the psyche of superiority complex that can be possessed by creatures such as ours. The more we seemingly think we understand ourselves, the more we seemingly make borders to judge others. The way Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) keep saying how apes are "just animals". Koba's (Toby Kebbell) rise to power and his nefarious hatred that put humans to prisons.
Our main characters though - Caesar (Andy Serkis) and Malcolm (Jason Clarke) - show that we don't have to be like that. We can be more than that.
I don't want to sound pretentious, but that's the message I caught from the movie and what touched me the most. When Caesar and Malcolm understood that it is not kinship, not similarity of physical stature, that make our trust - but our deeds. When we were brought back at a glance to the deep bond Caesar formed with William (from the previous movie). A bond that transcends boundaries of species.
Putting all those aside... there are a few criticism on the movie. As said earlier, about very first 15-30 minutes is presented a bit too slow. Audience already familiar with post-apocalyptic setting might be a bit bored. The plot is quite predictable in the first half of the movie. A few scenes, such as when Malcolm entered the apes' domain, then Koba scout the human's territory, etc were also seem to be presented a bit ineffective - a long still shot with lack of plot progression. The accompanying soundtrack is spectacular, but again noticeably off in the very first 30 minutes. And finally, the movie's end puts a question to the title of this movie: wasn't it supposed to be The "Dawn" of the Planet of the Apes?
Beyond that there is no further complains though. Andy Serkis really deserves every award he got for his performance in this movie.
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While I was expecting the humans to do the mistake and kick-start the ape-human war, Koba became self-centred arse to wage a war against human survivors. What a douche.
Technical aspects I love the settings, tone, lighting and cinematography was impeccable. Somehow, the human settlements reminds me 'The Last of Us' game. It can't be only me, am I?
The portrayal of ape emotions were applaudable and kudos to the team behind that. These are the major points of the movie.
In the end, this is the best movie reboot and can I say so far?
90% CGI, cliché festival, forgettable plot and anonymous characters. A good waste of 120 minutes of your life. Don't make my same mistake.
Best movie ive seen this year, loved it :D
The only thing I hate about this movie is that I have to wait another 2-3 years for the 3rd installment.
Way better than Rise in every way (and I liked that one)... Very well directed, and a good script with great special effects and action scenes.
Enjoyed this movie more that I thought I would
this was awful, the worst apes movie yet. Yes even worse than wahlbergs version
Far better than Rise. 80% of this movie is excellent and all of the apes were great characters. unfortunately the human characters were all bland and it devolved into a cliche 1v1 fight at the end. Still a good action flick though
I really enjoyed the 2011 reboot of this franchise... and this sequel proves to be every bit as good if not better.
The first film lacked a little pace, but when given the subject of the movie is to set the stage for the ones that follow. It's very understandable, this was always planned to be a multi movie franchise, but with far greater consistency that the originals or the dreadful Tim Burton attempt some 14yrs ago. Look to other franchises and how the first instalment has always seemed slower than it's sequels. This is because telling the back story and setting the stage for what follows takes time and to do it properly, you will end up with a slower paced movie. When you accept that, the 2011 "Rise otPotA" works perfectly as the setup to this more action packed sequel.
The movie itself is stunning, the visuals are epic and all credit to the guys who did the motion capture and digital effects for this movie... Without them we wouldn't have movies like this at all. Andy Serkis as Caesar continues to prove his worth as an actor... and people should check out his other work (non mocap movies).
The story is well constructed, the acting is pretty decent all round... It's not often you see Gary Oldman as a bad guy anymore and I wonder if he's forgotten how to play a baddie like he used to... Or if the script/director meant to portray him as weak and ineffectual.
The action sequences are done very well, and it was really hard to tell where the real world began and the CGI took over at times (I'm on about scenery and so forth and not the apes), which is another nod to the digital effects people.
The direction, cinematography and lighting were all top notch, although some scenes did seem a little too dark at times. Given that a good deal of the fighting takes place at night, you could be forgiven for overlooking that... But I do wonder if the action takes place at night to better disguise the digital effects side of things.
Overall, it's a worthy sequel to the rebooted franchise and takes the story onwards in a way the originals never could have. They far surpass them in every way now.
I give it an apetastic 8/10
Went into this expecting something mediocre, akin to the previous one. Was very, very pleasantly surprised. Well done, well done.
I didn't expect much with this movie , but it was quiet a nice surprise , definitely an improvement over the first one , it brings apes and humans much closer , the emotions are there , a fine acting and exellent visual effects , an entertaining one
This movie brings back its classical yet entertaining enjoymet as our favourite primate engages further with the humans and creates relationships no man could ever dream of.
Esperava bem mais! O Rise eh melhor!
In 2011, director Rupert Wyatt brought us Rise of the Planet of the Apes which to me was just another ordinary blockbuster, good when it comes to entertainment but with a few flaws along the way. It had a decent story, a great emotional side and an important and controversial message, but the truth is that it did not brought anything new.
This year, this time with Matt Reeves directing, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was not the film that I would be waiting anxiously. See the continuation of the story would be something interesting, but I had the impression that it would follow the same path of the first film. The truth is that great criticism led me to want to see it already in its first weekend display.
In this new film we follow the new life of Caesar. The ape that developed a super-intelligence due to a substance created to cure Alzheimer's disease in humans. Caesar was raised with humans and always felt very close to them emotionally, but a series of events led him to come to lead a rebellion by the party of all apes. In this new story we see a completely different world, living in an apocalyptic scenario. Caesar leads a large group of apes in a forest on the surroundings of San Francisco, apparently they live alone, but always in fear that the human race will interfere in what apes consider to be a life of freedom, against all that many of them passed in times, imprisoned and tested by those who once called themselves his friends.
After the first few minutes of the film we felt that it chosed a different path from the first. The introduction to this new phase of the Apes and Era on Planet Earth is made with such an absolutely brilliancy! With a very dark and gloomy atmosphere we are dragged into all this environment that leads us to the right emotion at the right time. For those who have not seen the first film may be some loose ends, but nothing too serious that you can't follow the story clearly.
The study of the character Caesar is fantastic, very depth and well developed. We feel through him all of his fears and frustrations. Andy Serkis, deserves to be recognized in this film but also in the previous because his performances are what carries the films, especially this one. It is seen that from him there was a huge study of the species and the fact that he becomes beautifully real ape is magnificent. The other performances of the film, especially Jason Clarke and the legendary Gary Oldman are very striking, I only regret that an actor of the caliber of Oldman not has more screen time.
Some questions about Human vs. Animal are consistently presented to us throughout the film and leave us thinking. Are we so different from each other? Physically we can be so, but, as regards emotions? Freedom? Survival? Power? Thirst for revenge? Revolt? It is a story that touches a bit on what we all humans have the ugliest.
The soundtrack is also something that needs to be mentioned because it perfectly reflects all the environment. Dark and sometimes very terrifying goes very well with all that we see and with what each scene wants to transmit.
The action scenes are very well made and is a visually beautiful film. The colors and light were impeccably studied and this is reflected in the final result. Some plans are absolutely fabulous, especially when it comes to the action scenes.
Contrary to what I was expecting, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not just another blockbuster that we see this Summer. Yes, it is a great entertainment flick but with a lot of substance, which is good not only visually but also in messages he brings. I am very surprised!
This movie was alright. I agree with @karibear. The special effects and CGI were seamless and it def blended well. You see the CGI apes as real actors and actresses (watch "The Congress" for a good perspective on CGI these days). But the plot I feel was rushed, everything was going well, fine and dandy until war popped off. Once the apes came into the city and started war, it was no better than a bruce lee flick from the 70's 80's mixed with some shoot em up b rated movie. The apes looked good until they started riding horses, that looks so awkward to me. The whole reason I like "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was because it explained, well; everything. I was hoping this would do the same, but it gave me more of a primitive Avatar meets Survivor. I gave this a 6 because it still kept me entertained, it just really let me down after watching "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" which they did so well with. This movie was alright, but DEF rushed. CGI is cool and all, but whats a movie without a full plot?
The first movie was pretty awesome, but it's more awesome!
Andy Serkis rocks
The special effects were phenomenal in this film, but I found the actual plot development to be slow and a bit weak. Interesting film overall, but didn't quite catch me.
GUN WEILDING APES ON HORSES!!! I think I creamed myself about 5 times.