Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 2014
AUGUST 31, 2014 BY JT LEAVE A COMMENT
dawnIn the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race.
Directed: Matt Reeves
Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
No question that this sequel moves straight into my top ten films for 2014.
Exceptionally shot with astounding special effects in part thanks to performance capture king Andy Serkis this is a film that delivers.
10 years on and with the epidemic wiping out most of the world’s population humans are very much becoming the minority species.
A small band of immune survivors still hold out hope that there are others out there and look to make contact with anyone who might be listening.
The apes have now settled deep in the San Francisco forests building their own fully functioning civilisation led by chimpanzee Caesar.
What makes this film rise above (sorry) the first is much of the attention focuses on the apes and deep rooted character development.
Caser is supported by fellow performance capture actor Toby Kebbell who plays Koba. An ape with a chip on his shoulder after years of being tested on. His dislike for the human race is made obvious to his best friend.
Their simmering relationship is one of the highlights of the film as they battle they decision whether to stay hidden in peace or go to war.
With James Franco gone (albeit making a cameo via archived footage) the human ape relationship is centred on Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and Caeser, who are bonded by a begrudging truce for peace.
It’s a film that soaks up tension extremely well. Grand battle sequences are cut between emotional and compelling moments interlocked by a very well written script.
The technical aspects of the film are simply stunning and the large set-pieces make for cataclysmic viewing. Caeser’s army arriving on horseback in a show of force to their human foes is captivating. As is the vertigo wincing finale and attack on the human stronghold.
This is was everything a summer blockbuster should be and is most certainly a template to follow.