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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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The fragile peace between genetically enhanced apes and what remains of man is threatened in the thrilling next chapter of the Planet Of The Apes.
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Djilly L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ape not kill ape
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We have started to watch the modern Planet of the Apes movies during our weekend family movie evening. The children are quite amazed by the apes, their interactions and even while being over five years old, the movie still holds up. The storyline is fairly straightforward and therefore not demanding at all to follow for the children. So it in general this second instalment was again good entertainment even though it is far from an uplifting story.

This is probably my least proffered movie within in the trilogy. It lacks the surprise and amazement of the first movie. Also there is not even a shred of humour that lightened up the third movie. This is more a grim post-apocalyptic tale. Also, its just takes place in two locations, a shut-down San Francisco and the nearby Muir woods. This is inherent to the story but feels a bit claustrophobic and dull while it leaves little room for great cinematographic vistas. The story very neatly ties into the the events of the first movie. Most importantly because of the notion that Ceasar is more sympathetic to humans than his fellow apes because his former surrogate father cared for him. Nevertheless the movie is set 10 year later, and it is only the ape characters that make a comeback. Caesar now has a family including a troubled son, Blue-eyes. Rather than just saying ‘No’, Caesar now speaks sentences when necessary. The previous movie in the modern trilogy was also straightforward but rich in sub-themes; it included many interesting elements like a Spartacus-style uprising, genetic modification, corporate greed, a pandemic and the sadness of Alzheimer. This movie is much more ‘flatter’ generally about survival and intra-group politics.

The CGI again is again amazing, if not even better than in the first movie, and further solidifies Andy Serkis’ status as master of CGI acting. We have the other movies of the series on Blu Ray. But somehow I omitted buying Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at the time. Not having the 2nd trilogy instalment at hand is a bit odd, so now I bought it on Amazon Prime. I might buy the other parts as well, just to keep it complete in a digital format. The HD Prime version was crisp with beautiful deep colours and good sound.

All in all it is a fairly smart, good movie again, although the storyline is fairly basic and it leaves an unsettling after taste. But it is definitely worth watching again after quite a few years and now in proper sequence.
The post-0pandemic changed world make it even quite relevant with eerily recognisable elements.
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TraceyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent sequel
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Set ten years after the first film man has been descermated by Simian Flu. After not seeing any humans for two years Caesar and the other apes are shocked when a group of men enter the woods where they live. Caesar is happy to try and build relations with the people but he soon discovers they are not a threat to him, but ine of his own, Koba is.
This is an absolutely fantastic sequel and yet again Andy Serkis is brilliant as Caesar. Other notably ape performances come from Toby Kebbell as Koba, Karen Konoval as Maurice and Nick Thurston as Blue Eyes. Jason Clarke is fantastic as Malcolm the human who befriends Caesar. Gary Oldman I'm afraid to say is under used.
Michael MacneilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great storytelling
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Just been to the cinema to see the final one in the trilogy and wanted to catch up with the story - as I thought, there is quite a big discontinuity between the final one and this one but that is not to detract from the excellent film that the final one is or how good this one is. The character of Caesar is really developed in this one and it is the story of the wrestling with Koba who would not forgive his abusers. He ends up and murdering his own and enslaving others in his pursuit for justice - if ever there was a thinly veiled reference to revolutionary fervour, here it is. The ending manages to be poignant without being cheesy and is not a simple good has triumphed, it seems war is inevitable despite the reconciliation of the warring parties, the prejudice will live on. A great piece of storytelling!
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Richard MortonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Here we go again
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So the Apes franchise goes from strength to strength - this is another cracking instalment on the journey to the world that Chuck Heston rocked up in all those years ago.

Picking up from the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the opening credits sequence here hits the fast forward button. In a blur, we're shown the Earth and human populace being overtaken by a deadly virus. As the film proper begins, Caesar and his ever evolving troupe of apes have set up a community in the woods while a small pocket of human survivors are holed up nearby in what remains of San Francisco. They're lacking power, food etc and need to turn to Caesar for assistance in the form of an uneasy truce. Can the apes and humans peacefully co-exist? What do you think?

Knowing where it all has to end up eventually brings a sense of inevitability which creates its own air of dread and tension. The fun of these films is in the details, we know where we're going but we're never sure exactly how we'll get there. A slow burn first half gives way to an extended, explosive endgame and it's certainly worth the wait.

The CGI is fantastic of course and these ape characters are exactly that - characters. They live, they breathe, they each have their own individual personalities and great credit must go to Andy Serkis and his crew as always. On the human side - Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and others more than hold their own, bringing their own heart and weight to proceedings.

I'm coming from a place of bias as a fan of almost all of the films in this series (I'm looking at you Tim Burton) but this comes highly recommended. Top stuff.
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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'Caesar' and his followers have built their own compound in the forests beyond 'San Francisco' over the
past decade.
Mankind is in decline they have been ravaged by a pandemic,the cities have all but been laid to waste,
the peace between man and ape survives as long as they stay apart.
After an incident close to the Apes compound and brief meeting between Man and Ape, 'Caesar' who
understands human-kind warns 'Malcolm' (Jason Clarke) and his team to stay away from the forest where
he and his followers live.
There is an element of the Apes that crave war against their once captors, only the logic of their leader
prevents it.
The people living within the city boundary's have become desperate, they have little or no power-source,
in the forest there is a 'dam' which could generate the power they need, but will 'Caesar' permit a human
presence close by.
'Malcom' who had been in the party involved in the earlier incident seeks consultation with 'Caesar' to try
and reach an agreement to allow a small team to try and get the generator running,if an agreement can be
reached there will be no need for war, 'Caesar' cautiously agree's on the understanding that the humans do
not carry weapons.
'Caesar' (Andy Serkis) wants to give mankind a chance to co-exist but knows how frail an agreement with man
can be, he just hopes.
'Koba' (Toby Kebbell) has no trust of humans and takes it upon himself with a few others with similar views to
find a warehouse where the humans have a large stock-pile of weaponry, 'Koba' knows that it is more than
enough to wipe the Apes out if used against them.
Meanwhile back at the Dam 'Caesar' watches over the human teams progress, however because of the action
taken by 'Koba' trust is wearing thin, the prospect of war becomes even closer.
'Koba's' betrayal will change the course of history, can 'Caesar' re-take control before it's too late or has the line
already been crossed.
This is a sprawling and exciting epic that lays the grounding for what is yet to come, the film will draw you in from
the outset, with some terrific action sequences and an underlying will from both 'Caesar' and 'Malcolm' to maintain
the peace between them.
Brilliant and Eye-Popping Special Effects Throughout, a spectacle to behold indeed.
Impressive in both 3-D and Blu-ray'
Special Features -
* Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
* Journey to Dawn
* Andy Serkis - Rediscovering Caesar
* Human and Apes - The Cast of Dawn
* The World of Dawn
* The Ape Community
* Move Like an Ape - An Artist's Medium
* Weta and Dawn
* The Fight for a new Dawn
* Deleted Scenes with optional audio by Matt Reeves
* Exodus - Gods and Kings Trailer
* Exodus - Gods and Kings - Sneak Peek
* Stills Gallery
(Special Features are in 2-D)
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dajarvisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you liked the first film you'll love this. Well worth a watch
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When this came out, seeing that it didn't star some of the original cast and had some names in it that were relatively unknown (to me anyway, apart from Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis), I thought it might be one of those so-so sequels where the talent has left and the enthusiasm isn't there anymore. It was well reviewed though so I thought I'd have a look.
If you enjoyed the first film, you'll love this one too. The effects, though a little obvious in the opening CGI heavy sequence, are fantastic and the strength of the emotion shown in the expressions of the differing Simian characters is subtle and affecting. You are drawn in to the story, and though it's a fairly simplistic plot, I cared for characters on both sides of the battle, and the time taken, away from flashy sequences, to flesh them out a bit helps in that respect. You really need to believe in Caesar and his fellow apes as characters with feelings and things at stake, for these films to work, and they really pull that off often in subtle thoughtful ways. I like animals but don't have a specific interest and wouldn't call myself an animal lover but I imagine many that would may find the film very engaging and emotional. The voices are particularly effective, the menacing character of Koba being a good example.
It's obvious that care and thought has gone into the production though the limited locations and slightly simplistic repetitive music might be signs of a limited budget. I liked how the music seemed to have a nod to the soundtrack of 2001 in it though, in the wavering choral sounds (or was that just me that heard that?).
I wasn't sure about the ending at first but it's grown on me since, and they do a good job of following the expected direction of the series and setting up another sequel, and the opening and final shots are a nice and dramatic touch.
Nick in BurtonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A remarkable technical job
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A very good addition to the "Apes" franchise. The best things in it are the fabulous production design and highly atmospheric sound plot. The music is good, too, and although there is plenty of it, it never overwhelms the story. Andy Serkis and his cast of fellow-apes do a remarkable job: one of the DVD extras show briefly what a complicated and difficult technical job the actors have in working with motion capture. Like some of the other reviewers, I couldn't "see the join". The plot is a little predictable, but this is completely outweighed by the drive of the story. There is a great fight scene towards the end.

There is one gratuitous use of the F word - which is quite unnecessary and adds nothing. Otherwise, recommended.
JomellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 January 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable
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Does a bit of violence to the premise of the original "Planet of the Apes" which was a sci-fi classic, in that the 2 prequels see the apes evolving very suddenly, whereas the original version implied a nuclear war wiping out mankind and the apes evolving to replace them. But that is fairly minor and the required suspension of disbelief is easily achieved. The other drawback is that the story is very predictable (could easily be from an old cavalry v red indians movie).

Apart from these minor drawbacks, the film is hugely enjoyable. The photography is simply stunning, with lots of superb "set pieces" worthy of an "Aaah" in themselves. It is well directed, brilliantly acted (Andy Serkis must deserve some credit for the use of his eyes, though much of Caesar's impact comes from the pen of the costume designers! It includes some spectacular scenes, even when viewed on the small screen, so it must have been even more impressive in the cinema. Generally, well worth the watch.
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