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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.
Action Drama - This is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the
only returning star is Andy Serkis, again providing the motion
capture performance for ape leader Caesar. The cast playing humans
is entirely new, with Jason Clarke and Keri Russell playing the
leads, and Gary Oldman having a smaller supporting role. There is a
bit of action and non-stop effects, but the latter is mainly not for
flash but for the realistic apes, especially their facial
expressions, which serve the serious drama in the film. Violence,
heavy drama, and adult subject matter make the film of caution for
parents of young kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not only a solid dystopian-flavored science fiction film in its own right but it elevates the stock of its immediate predecessor in the Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good It's a provocative sci-fi action film with dynamite special effects, a powerful humanistic theme with echoes of real-life social conflicts, and a truly wondrous performance by Serkis.
NY PostFull Review Very Good The eighth 'Planet of the Apes' movie is easily the best, suspenseful and scary and cured of the silliness that infused all previous iterations, even the 1968 original...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 135 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES." While most loved it, there were ten to twenty percent in most groups who felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).