Movie review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Believe me…my father is more eager to watch this than me. Both me and my dad enjoyed the first one, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes very much and it leaves a lasting impression to my father. My dad do often watched movies, but he usually don’t remember much about that particular movie after a while. This one is the exception. Then, last week, I told my dad that the sequel is out, and yes…he treat me for this movie today. And after the movie, I can certainly said that my dad loves it very much as he had a lot of opinions to share regarding the movie. I loved it too. ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a fantastic movie! Here’s why;


First of all, the plot is absolutely engaging. We were shown many down-to-earth moments with the apes as they lived peacefully, strong and united in their kingdom in the woods under Caesar’s leadership several years after what occurred in the predecessor film. On the other hand, there is some sort of a flu pandemic which had infected the whole world (from the first film’s ending) and had killed most of human population. However, there is still a group of people in San Francisco immune to that and are trying to rebuild their city and reconnect to the other parts of the world. So, it is like the apes have their homes, and the humans have their homes too, and both do not interfere each others until a group of people led by Malcolm had to repair a dam near the apes’ kingdom to regenerate power source for humans. Conflict began, and so war erupted. Fantastic storyline.

What’s made the story going further outstanding is that there are so much emotional depth in it that it successfully carried the audiences in. There are various messages from this film for us to learn and think of while going through the movie and it evokes a powerful humanistic statements and emotions. Moving and touching. Can’t believe an apes-film delivered that wonderfully good! Besides that, there are also the action parts to bring out intense development and tension throughout this two-hour long film so that nothing from the movie can make us bored. Quite a fast-paced story and character’s development too.


The next aspect to compliment is the stunning visual effects. I believed many knew how Andy Serkis (as Caesar) and other actors portrayed as the apes in the film. Of course, most of the outcome came from the sophisticated computer technology, but still it is the apes’ facial expression, body gesture and eyes’ emotion that elevated audiences’ liking to this film. Those things make us more connected to the film. Realistic visuals accompanied with exciting sound effects. What more you can expect?

The main actor is no longer James Franco, but he do appeared for a short moment in a video clip and in a photograph when Caesar returned to his home (opps..sorry for a little spoiler here). No disappointment as the new male lead, Jason Clarke as Malcolm delivered her role amazingly too. For the others, there isn’t any much opportunity for them to shine here in acting. People will just concentrate themselves on Malcolm, and mostly, the apes particularly Caesar and the villain, Koba. I already knew Koba is going to be the bad apes from the first film.


So…yup…I’m praising everything about this film. Exceptionally well. The first film which was the reboot of the Planet of the Apes movie franchise was already great, and this one even did better according to my opinion. The third film is in planning and I’m sure me and my dad are very excited for it. With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, this sequel expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ a total of 8.0. Remarkable, one of the best films this year so far.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)



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