Friday, 7 November 2014

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

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) / action, sci-fi, drama

Directed by Matt Reeves
Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Based on Characters created by Rick Jaffa Amanda Silver Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Nick Thurston, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Doc Shaw, Judy Greer, Lee Ross, Kirk Acevedo, Jon Eyez, Enrique Murciano
Trailer: click.

When Hollywood blockbuster sequel succeed!

The storyline picks up ten years after we saw Ceasar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow simian escapees seek refuge in the Muir woods near San Francisco. Caesar now leads and governs a new generation of apes, while the remaining humans (because the simian flu caused many deaths) live in a guarded tower within the ruined San Francisco city. The humans need to find a new energy source so they send small expedition into the forest where they encounter apes. An accident happens and the peace between mankind and apes is threatened.

If you want to see a great science fiction film, this is it! The movie executes a perfect balance of action sequences, special effects with believable characters, strong storytelling, plus it gives you a lot to think and care about. Once again we witness the outstanding motion-capture performances by Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell and others. There is nothing new to be honest but the execution is undeniably great. An enjoyable sci-fi, even better than the first one (review here) and one of this year's must see! 4+/5

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