Film Review

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: Review

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, taking place a time after the events of it’s prequel. A devastating virus has been unleashed on the population of Earth. Humans have banded together in what are left of their once thriving, massive cities, and now are in a struggle to survive. There is also a growing population of genetically evolved apes, lead by Caesar, threatened by a nearby human colony. A fragile peace exists, but this proves short-lived, and throws both sides into the brink of war; a war that could determine who becomes the planets dominant species.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes begins with the viewer wondering what has happened in-between where the story picks up here, and where it left off in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. There are a few minutes as we are allowed to take in the environment, and then there is the films inciting incident (the very incident that will lead each side towards war).

As you watch this engrossing story, one forgets that the action on-screen with the apes is mostly computer effects. as these creatures display genuine emotion, intellect, and will garner much sympathy from viewers (or in the case of some apes, a burning hatred).

The film is completely engrossing, and not for a moment do you need to make any attempt to push the suspension of disbelief. The story it’self is well written, and well crafted. Enough plot twists, and moments of tension to keep audiences guessing, and hoping.

The cast (including motion capture expert Andy Sirkis) inhibit their characters, the apes show their very own distinct personalities, and before you know it, 2 hours have passed, and you’re sad to be leaving this new world.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is set to be a sure fire hit at the boxoffice, and one that audiences are going to love. Certainly one to go see with friends and family. It opens 11 July 2014 in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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