Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves (2014)

125min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This first sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes sees director Matt Reeves go much bigger in terms of scale to tell the next chapter in the story. Most of the human population has been wiped out by simian flu, while superintelligent chimpanzee Caesar (a motion-captured Andy Serkis) is now the leader of a large ape colony and is teaching his companions to live in peace: "Ape Not Kill Ape" is the first rule. But then the pesky humans turn up to spoil things. Caesar is torn between his desire to protect his ape family, and compassion towards the beleaguered humans. But human-hating right-hand-ape Koba (Toby Kebbell) determines to show him the error of mixing with mankind. What follows is an epic, Shakespearean tale of betrayal, deception and brutality that plays out like a Greek tragedy. Once again, the ape characterisation is incredible, with the expanded cast of simian performers managing to convince with their expert body language, assisted by some top-end CGI. The human characters may be rather underdeveloped by comparison, but this remains a storming, soulful blockbuster that has brains as well as heart.

Summary

A colony of super-intelligent apes thrives following a global virus outbreak that wipes out much of the human race. A survivor tries to make peace with the leader of the apes, but their efforts to reach an understanding are threatened by warmongers on both sides. Sci-fi thriller sequel, starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman.

Cast & Crew

Malcolm Jason Clarke (2)
Dreyfus Gary Oldman
Caesar Andy Serkis
Ellie Keri Russell
Koba Toby Kebbell
Alexander Kodi Smit-McPhee
Carver Kirk Acevedo
Blue Eyes Nick Thurston
Maurice Karin Konoval
Rocket Terry Notary
Cornelia Judy Greer
Director Matt Reeves
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Jul 2014
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