A Heartwarming Evolutionary Film | Review of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’


By: Cynthia Ayala

An amazing and heartwarming film that takes on a very human element as it continues the Planet of the Apes saga, captivating audiences with a captivating story and amazing acting.

080114_0449_AHeartwarmi1.pngDirected by: Matt Reeves

Written by: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver

Based on characters created by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Starring: Andy SerkisJason ClarkeGary OldmanKeri RussellToby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoJon Eyez

Genre: Science fiction, AdventureAction

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.  They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Amazing. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was such an amazing and thought provoking novel that will make the audience feel the pain, the heart and the tension within the story.

The sequel to the Planet of the Apes re-launch Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the movie does an amazing job telling the story and picking up where the last movie left off, it expanded the story and developed it to solidify the foundation in which this film has roots. Ultimately, viewers already know how the story is going to end, with the Apes being the dominant species and the humans being subservient to them, but the journey to that point, the journey that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are taking us is incredibly well written and amazing.

That being said, it’s really the evolutionary standpoint that this movie takes that makes it so amazing. The movie follows Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, who has grown so much as a character, moving forward to take on the role as leader and father,

In the last movie viewers see him grow from baby to adult, coming into his self-discovery, being the protector to his family. In this movie, he has just grown to amazing lengths in this last movie. Moving forward and past that, this movie makes so many heartwarming connections to the previous movie that allow for character growth not just for Caesar, but for other characters like his son and Koda, who becomes twisted by his rage against his humans, by his own humanity that has been perverted by his fear and selfishness.

There is such a human element in this movie that makes is so captivating, and Andy Serkis, who once played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, shines so brightly in his role as Caesar. Taking on the spotlight of the film, he has made his mark in this character showing the strength in the character that inspires, awe, fear, respect and loyalty. And that is not exclusive to the film. His ability to do this resonates off the screen and into the audience, making him the fan favorite character in the film, and it’s amazing. He’s amazing.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is such an incredibly film that will captivate the audiences. ★★★★ (A+)

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