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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


  • Directed by: Matt Reeves
  • With: Gary Oldman, Keri Russel and Andy Serkis
  • 130 Minutes

When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was released I guess that everyone was a bit skeptic after Tim Burton’s failed reboot of the classic which was kind of a big disappointment, even for fans of his work. But thanks to Rupert Wyatt and his crew, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a wonderful surprise and a great movie. Starring big names like James Franco, Tom Felton and Andy Serkis, a brilliant performer in roles comprising motion capture acting and animation, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was without any doubt better than Burton’s vision of the 1968 classic. In Wyatt’s movie we watch young Caeser and his first steps on Earth and the beginning of the retrovirus spreading that would lead to the events of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”.


Directed by Matt Reeves, the same man behind the devastation of “Cloverfield”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the story of the events that followed the retrovirus expansion that caused the death of practically the entire human race. Those who survived, the genetically immune, had to still endure several wars and conflicts before they could live “peacefully”. While a group of humans travels through the forest, two monkeys appear in front of them which lead to the murder of one monkey. When the rest of the monkeys leaded by Caeser hear the shot, they travel towards the source of the noise and order the humans to leave their territory. Koba, one of the monkeys that suffered from a series of experiments that lead to several injuries in a laboratory, tries to convince Caeser that they need to kill the humans before they begin a war, which is a contradiction to Caeser beliefs. But because his trust in monkeys is big, Caeser decides to threat the humans in order to leave them out of their territory. Unfortunately for the few humans felt, the energy available was only enough to ensure the basic needs for a couple of weeks and the only power source available was inside the monkey’s territory, which could lead to a war between monkeys and humans.


However, Malcolm one of the humans included in the group that was walking in the forest previously was able to reach the power source thanks to a friendly agreement with Caeser, which prevented an eminent war. But, for Koba, his big wish of vengeance was still there in his mind and the lack of trust in humans can be the trigger for the war Malcolm was trying to avoid.


In Reeves’ movie, we watch the similarities between humans and monkeys in a way that is not only surprising but also captivating. Caeser, the friendly monkey we saw in the previous movie is now a powerful and notorious leader that tries to maintain hope and peace in his species’ home even though there are some monkeys that haven’t recovered yet from the human abuse. His capability of leading is what keeps his family safe and his loyalty and trust towards humans is what allows the cooperation between both species.  Reeve’s work is almost like an open history book about evolution in which we watch the similarities between the species and the way they are related.


The performances by Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis are really good, with a special highlight for the last one. Serkis has proven several times that he is great when it comes to preforming in roles comprising motion capture acting and this time was no exception. The technical aspects of the movie are amazing and mixed with a captivating plot and a somewhat funny and powerful soundtrack allowed me to enjoy every single minute of the movie and with a sequel scheduled for 2016 the odds are in favor of this new “Planet of the Apes” saga.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is an amazing summer blockbuster and is probably Reeves’ most captivating triumph and that demands to be watched in a theater near to you.





    • Thank you for the warning and for the comment! I’m Portuguese so therefore is a bit hard to write everything correclty in English. Best wishes!

  1. It’s very, very, very rarely that I i give a movie a full 5/5 star rating. This was one of those very, very rare exceptions.

    Good review.

    • Thanks Russel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was really awesome and the reason why I did not give the 5 stars was because I watched it almost immediatly after Snowpiercer and I preferred this one.
      Thanks for the comment and for sharing your thoughts!

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