Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review – Popularity Continues

Dawn-of-the-Planet-of-the-Apes-620x400Starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Judy Greer, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the eighth installment of the series. Released in July of 2014, the film is still playing in theaters across the country due to its ongoing popularity. Initially, the movie was met with a lot of criticism and skepticism but now, it is being praised for remarkable acting, directing, visual effects, and storyline. Compared to its 2011 predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, movie goers agree it is a far better film.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about the human race nearly being wiped out due to a horrible strain of the simian flu that hit decades ago. Set in San Francisco, the city has become nothing more than a pile of ruin and while human survivors are diminishing in large numbers, the apes are thriving. Caesar, the leader of the ape species, along with his gang reside in the northern part of the city where they have learned to read, write, and speak English. However, they have also developed a genuine distrust for humans.

The movie follows daily struggles of the humans still alive and the challenges they face. Without electricity, human ambassadors are sent to strike a deal with Caesar for part of their land on which a hydroelectric dam needs to be repaired. While a truce is made, things quickly go wrong, leading to a strong sense of betrayal and ultimately war from both sides. Not only are there physical battles but also a wide array of emotions that entail hope, grief, and rage.

While all the actors in the film did an amazing job, the digital trickery is truly astounding. At the end of the movie, one side will emerge as the dominant species – is it the humans or the apes. Regardless of age, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is well worth seeing.