Review : Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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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.”

 

First off let me say, seeing apes on horses is probably the damn scariest thing you will ever see in your life. That being said, this is an really excellent movie, an amazing drama with touches of thriller, horror, action, adventure, pretty much everything. The cg work and motion capture in this movie is honestly second to none. It will literally redefine the way you look at cg and motion capture going forward, it is THAT good. The performances from the entire mo-cap team here is also phenomenal, totally on a next level. A lot of this movie contains scenes of only apes, and yet those are some of the most powerful and emotional scenes in the movie. You really can see their emotions and their internal battles over everything they are thinking of. In many ways they are really the main actors here, and the human cast are the supporting roles, and they do their job very well also. The play between the humans and apes is supremely believable and really draws you into the moment and the drama. This movie is very tense, there are levels of intensity here that dramas with only human casts would kill to have. Everything seems to be balanced on a knife edge, and every decision made, human or ape, is a tense push closer to throwing everything over. The action sequences here are just as intense, you can really get a feel for the fear it must strike into the heart to see a freaking giant gorilla, that’s almost, if not just as smart as you, wielding a fully automatic weapon or riding a horse full speed coming at you. The movie also does very well to not demonize either side really. Both have their good and bad, and both honestly would like the same end, the same resolution, but ignorance is a hell of a thing. There are some points where some viewers may find the pace slows down to below where they would like, but that’s really one of the only complaints I could find here. To me this movie delivers on everything it promised and would be well worth seeing a few times in cinema.

This better make as much money as Transformers.

 

Review Score : 9 out of 10

 

 

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