This follow-up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes concerns the next step in the genetically advanced primates' takeover of the world as a virus begins to wipe out the human race. Let Me In's Matt Reeves handles directing duties, with Gary Oldman, Jason Clark, and Kodi Smit-McPhee headlining the human cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell
Release Date: Jul 11, 2014
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language
Rise of The Planet of the Apes is one of those rare reboots that actually worked. Against all odds, and a failed Tim Burton attempt, it set up a prequel franchise properly so the sequel had a lot to live up to. Dawn of The Planet of the Apes succeeds on various fronts with Andy Serkis, Hollywood’s most underappreciated actor, front and center this go around. The apes are fully realized creations with definitive personas and motivations. The script delivers some wonderfully fleshed out characters from the opening sequences with a big chunk of the characterization done without spoken dialogue, its true testament to the work done by the motion capture actors. In an odd reversal, the human characters get the short end of the stick. Most of them, even the criminally underused Gary Oldman, are just types there to serve the script. Jason Clake is appropriately stoic and noble throughout but never given anything meaningful to do. Oldman is asked to be paranoid and scream Jim Gordon style which he does well but I just wish there was more to the character. Thankfully the ape characters are interesting enough to keep the film thoroughly engaging even if the actual plot is a run of the mill coup d'état. Even with it’s faults Dawn of The Planet of the Apes is one of the better summer films of the season with more heart than most other films out.