Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Details from IMDB:

DawnoftheApes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

130 min  -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  11 July 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 75,448 users   Metascore: 79/100
Reviews: 402 user | 282 critic | 48 from Metacritic.com

In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race.

Director:

Matt Reeves

Writers:

Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, 4 more credits »

Stars:

Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I saw the first movie a little while ago and after hearing some good things about the second  I went (plus it was the best rated movie on IMDB at the time).

Main Points:

The movie picks up 10 years after the first one. Caesar is now a father and the highly-intelligent apes have made their own community in the redwoods near San Francisco. They wonder if there are any humans left but of course there would be no movie if there wasn’t and one soon shows up.

This movie has a lot to do with our behavior, those who are able to forgive the past and see the best in people and those who cannot forget the hate in their heart and want only to seek revenge. The special effects are amazing and Andy Serkis once again does a wonderful job as Caesar. This movie also deals with the nature of human society and the lengths we would go to survive. It’s never explicitly said in the movie but the idea is that once we lose all our technology (most importantly electricity according to this film) we would resort to horrible acts of violence and possibly cannibalism. The movie deals with the importance of rules in society and also how those rules must sometimes be broken.

For all it’s good points it does have a couple of serious flaws that bring the movie down from the first one. So I guess that means…

SPOILER ALERT!

So one of the obvious problems is the quest for electricity. I can see all available gas running out (then no generators) but no one in this large group of people (it looks to be several hundred) has ever heard of solar or wind power? Having to rely exclusively on hydro-electric power seems like a big flaw in the movie to me. The other serious problem is the length, as anyone who reads my blog know I find that 90% a movie starts to lose steam/get boring after 90-100 minutes, such is the case here. There were 4-5 times I thought the story dragged and I think a good 20-30 minutes could have been shaved off.

Final Thoughts:

An interesting movie with some great special effects, good acting and good action. I am certainly on board for a third one but I have to give this a weaker recommendation than the first (and of course don’t bring small children). 6.5 out of 10 for me, if you can’t get in to see Guardians (I tried last night and it was sold out), it’s worth a look. Until next time, which will be my thoughts on Lucy (you know I had to see the newest Scar Jo movie), have a good one!

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