The human population of Earth was decimated by a Simian Flu. A band of survivors in the Bay Area are struggling and eke out a living in the ruins downtown of San Francisco. The forest outside the downtown area is a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by the band of human survivors. Human and apes reach a fragile and short-lived peace; both sides are brought to the brink of a war which will determine who will emerge as the dominant species.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie which was released 2011. In this installment, a liberal couple in the Bay Area befriended the genetically evolved primates living on the Muir Woods outside of downtown San Francisco and enlisted the primates’ help in fixing a broken dam in order to generate power. The plan is supported by Caesar, the primate chief but opposed by Koba his rival. Koba does not trust humans as he used to be experimented as a lab ape before the genetic evolution.
The movie is somewhat mellow dramatic and there are combat sequences pitting the survivors of the pandemic against the evolved primates but there is not much action or combat scenes. The story telling is sometimes slow and most of the stories we have heard before. Like most sequels, the movie is flat. Other than the good performances of the main actors, there is not much to this film.
It stars Andy Serkis as Caesar, Jason Clarke as Malcolm, Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, Kerrie Russell as Ellie, and Judi Greer as Cornelia. Directed by Matt Reeves and written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Mark Bomback.
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