Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Movie Review
Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa (screenplay & characters), Amanda Silver (screenplay & characters)
Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Rocket, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer
Science Fiction Movie
The world has become a tiny place.
One that has a lot of Planet of the Apes movies in it.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sits firmly at the top of the heap. The combination of technological advancement and solid performances makes it one of the few times I’m happy to see a franchise remade/rebooted/continued. The apes were believable–and from there the whole concept flowed.
There’s a really well put together parallel structure in the script as ape and man alike struggle with similar leadership problems, even as the two cultures become reacquainted with each other. The apes are led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), trying to keep his family safe and the apes peaceful–antagonized by his trusted senior advisor Koba (Toby Kebbell), who has history with humans. He was a research subject, tormented and tortured, and he has not forgiven humans for that. The humans are led by comrades Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), assisted by Malcolm (Jason Clarke). Dreyfus will stop at nothing to keep humans moving back towards the advanced technological world they once had. Malcolm is more open to change, and really to explore new possibilities.