REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

23 Jul

Hello, all! Ayyyee, a movie review! It’s been a while!

If you saw the prequel, you’ll know the premise of this movie: mentally enhanced (is that a thing?) apes broke out of their animal testing facility and escaped into the wild. Led by Caesar, the first genetically modified chimpanzee, the apes carve out a niche for themselves in the jungle of San Francisco.

Apparently those exist.

At the start of the movie, many (most?) of the humans have died due to a simian flu released a decade prior. The remaining colony is desperate to restore power and communication with the rest of the world, so it sends a small group of people to investigate a dam in the chimps’ territory. When they discover the large colony of apes that have lived in peace since their escape, they accidentally set off a chain reaction that could lead to the annihilation of both species.

Whoof. Dramatic.

Caesar is a respected leader, but his tendency to trust humans and forgive their missteps angers Koba, a (butt-ugly, mean-ass) chimp who was abused by the scientists at the animal testing center and harbors resentment against all humans as a result. When the presence of the humans becomes known, Koba believes that war is inevitable, and he does anything to insure that the chimps are on even footing when the time comes. Think chimps with automatic weapons. Riding horses. Yeah.

Ok, elephant in the room…so much CGI, and the CGI was amazing! Considering every ape is animated, the relationships between them and the humans are ridiculously realistic. Since the chimps don’t speak unless they have to, characterization focused on facial expressions, and let me tell you, there were some tear-jerking moments. A+ fantastic fantastic fantastic job. Not sure if chimps actually cry, but if I had tear ducts, I would’ve.

BUT…BUT….FAMILY oi Simon this is your shoutout 😀

This movie explores the similarities between human and animal nature under the influence of desperation, and it does it very well. It is a little predictable, but we can forgive it for that. It has my stamp of approval, whatever that’s worth.

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11 Responses to “REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

  1. Catherine Dream July 31, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Now I want to see it. I was a bit meh about it, but I need to see it just for the San Francisco jungle.

    Climate change?

    • Olivia July 31, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      It’s really good, you should! Nah, apparently there’s actually forest and stuff outside of the city. Never been there so I wouldn’t know *shrugs*

      • Catherine Dream July 31, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

        I’m literally looking at it on google earth right now. No apes in it tho.

        • Olivia July 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

          Aww, that’s too bad 😦

  2. CMrok93 July 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    It’s better than the first in the way that it takes an emotional story, and continues to make it more and more exciting as it goes on. Even despite some of its cliches. Good review Olivia.

    • Olivia July 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Very true, it was a bit cliched but on the whole I still enjoyed it. Thank you!

  3. Maria B July 23, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    The only thing I did not like was that it lasted over 2 hours, my butt hurts from the seat

    • Olivia July 23, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      Haha you should’ve gotten up and done a little dance or something, I’m sure it would’ve been very entertaining for the audience 😀

      • Maria B July 23, 2014 at 8:56 am #

        Oh the audience… There were a few young girls in front of me that screamed every time a monkey would scream 0_o and they would act like it wasn’t them. They are making your generation look bad, I don’t get why someone would pay 10$ to talk to her friends in a theatre room.

        • Olivia July 23, 2014 at 9:03 am #

          It’s not all of us, I swear!

          • Maria B July 23, 2014 at 9:12 am #

            I know :*

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