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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Not sure if we’re looking at a series reboot or a sequel, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014) starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Andy Serkis is a wildly successful blockbuster that will entertain audiences whether they’re familiar with any of the other seven movies in the ape franchise or not. Many viewers have repeatedly claimed that it’s actually a remake of BATTLE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973)—either way, this movie is a spectacular adventure, and if you love action with a touch of sci-fi, you’ll be truly impressed.

It’s been ten years since a man-made disease named the ‘simian flu’ nearly wiped out all of humanity, and now in 2026, we find that a large cluster of apes governed by a leader named Caesar have settled in the Muir Woods surrounding the crumbling remains of San Francisco. Unfortunately for the ape’s peace-loving leader, the surviving genetically-immune humans are desperate to reclaim a nearby dam in hopes of generating enough electricity to possibly reconnect with other flu-survivors and cement their status as the dominant species ruling earth.

Even though these advanced apes possess rudimentary language skills, they normally communicate through a series of verbal grunts and a personalized form of sign language, so the director wisely included subtitles enabling audiences to accurately follow the group’s dialogue. On an interesting side note, large portions of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES were filmed around the town of Campbell River, B.C. during April of 2013, a treat for locals who may recognize the odd landmark.

Watching Caesar and his followers surge through the trees in powerful waves left me in awe of the film-makers prowess, and never once during this drama did I waste time wondering if the marauding apes were costumed actors, CG creations, or a combination of both. Directed by Matt Reeves, Rated PG-13, 130 Minutes, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Sequel ****4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin November 25, 2014
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