Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

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  1. hae

    hae Member Member

    IMDB trailer Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

    Matt Reeves, Jody Blose, Trisha Burton, Tracy L. Moody
    Pierre Boulle, Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
    7.4 (2,199 votes)
    Science Fiction, Action, Drama, Thriller
    Released Date:
    Release Date (US):


    • Andy Serkis
    • Jason Clarke
    • Toby Kebbell
    • Keri Russell
    • Judy Greer


    A group of scientists in San Francisco struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.

    First and foremost, the special effects are astonishing. From the overwhelming amount of emotion you can experience by looking into an ape's eyes to seeing its back soaked in rain, these visuals are phenomenal and never faltered. I kept looking to see if one ape would seem blatantly fake when there were massive crowds of them, but it didn't happen. The plot's constantly working to give the viewer an emotional connection to these fictional beings and the special effects always succeed in making you feel like they're right there on the set with the rest of the cast and crew. It's that good.

    The action may not be frequent, but it's most definitely unforgettable. When the big assault finally happened, it kept my jaw dropped virtually the entire time. There was so much buildup to that scene and it delivered an amazingly gripping sequence. The finale is packed with spectacle and right when you think they're about to use a really cliche shot, they hit us with something totally unexpected and it's so very awesome. You begin to feel so invested in these characters and it really adds to the weight of these intense scenes.

    Much of the cast gets an opportunity to deliver an emotional beat and honestly, they all do a fine job. However, Andy Serkis steals the show and gives a downright brilliant performance as Caesar. It's consistently compelling and you always want to see more of the character. This movie puts its characters front and center and does great work showcasing them without ever hitting us with any forced or cheesy moments. Yes, there's a line or two that seemed unnecessary, but overall it's a praiseworthy script and juggles its characters very well.

    The only complaint that comes to mind is the score occasionally felt a little too over the top. This movie offers some very powerful scenes and the music is more than fitting in those cases, but every now and then it seemed like a more influential song was misused. Again, this didn't happen often and is a pretty minor gripe.

    Movies that rely on special effects tend to focus on pleasing your eyes but leave your brain in the dust. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes satisfies both equally. It has all of the elements required to be an excellent summer blockbuster -- amazing visuals and big action sequences -- but it also has a heartfelt script and offers a brilliant character-driven experience. It's intelligent, emotionally gripping, and full of spectacle. It's without question one of the most impressive movies to open this year and absolutely deserves to be seen on the big screen.

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  2. subzero20

    subzero20 Sophomore Member

    Thanks for the Review!
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  3. alkventi

    alkventi Member Member

    Usually I wouldn't even think about spending the money to see a film in theaters more than once. But, this movie was so engrossing and wholly enjoyable that I swear I could watch it once a week... in theaters.
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  4. MrNuts

    MrNuts Member Member

    Excellent review, thanks for the heads up, will defo go and see this on the big screen now :)
  5. NachoMasacre

    NachoMasacre Member Member

    One of the best movies of 2014, the cast, the plot and production. The awesome performance of Mr. Serkis and for me, the best of this picture is the lack of a human villain, the trailer sold us another think, but the supposed villain (Gary Oldman’s character) has to do the necessary to protect the few humans left, the relationship with the Jason Clarke’s character and the surprise development of the rest. The real villain was awesome, the ending was better and this movie had the distinction of being one the best films of the year and one of the best sequels of all time.

    Thanks for your review.
  6. biggarfield22665

    biggarfield22665 Member Member

    really good movie well worth watching :)

    BIGSTU Member Member

    Just seen this movie...FANTASTIC ! . Totally hooked from start to finish.. Takes cgi to the next level.
  8. jcknad24

    jcknad24 Member Member

    I love this movie
  9. pykejoe

    pykejoe Member Member

    It was a great movie , but i enjoyed rise of the planet of the apes a little more.

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