Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Review
Quite a few years have passed since we last saw Caesar and the rest of the apes, the human race has almost been wiped out by a virus and not many of them remain. With the apes still growing in power, it wasn’t going to be long before both species collided.
This film turned out to the be Cineworld Secret Screening last night, but that is all I am going to mention about that in this review (I promise). The film starts off at a pretty slow pace, but does quicken up the tempo about half way through and lasts all the way until the end. The first parts of the film show what Caesar and the apes have created out in the trees, the community they have. The differences between the apes are very clear and impressive.
Caesar has his own battle with his son who does not understand why his father actually cares and shows remorse for humans, this is something which drives them apart at times. Right from the start we just know Koba is going to cause problems, that is one absolutely crazy ape! But does provide some hilarious scenes as well, until they turn totally sadistic. This helps show the differences even more.
When Malcolm crosses the line and gets a reaction from Caesar this is when everything is put on edge, it has the potential to all kick off and for a war to start. But this is something that you are never really sure about throughout the whole film. The humans need to get into the ape territory to get to the dam to be able to get power back as they only have enough fuel left for 2/3 weeks.
This is why everything is started, Malcolm is different to the other humans as well as he sees the apes doing things humans do as well. He gets that they aren’t actually much different at all, obviously that just sounds crazy to everyone else. Caesar is the same and it isn’t long before Koba’s hatred for humans sees actions put in place.
The film is very impressive the apes look incredible and the sign language mixed with a few words is very powerful in showing how they are evolving as time goes on. In which other film would you get apes riding horses and using machine guns? Yes those are some of the action scenes, which are pretty full on and crazy as it happens. But I mean that in a very good way, it is brilliant to watch.
I think you find yourself torn between both worlds as it is obvious that they aren’t that different to each other, both caring about family first and wanting to survive in a world that is very different since the virus outbreak. The film is left ready for another instalment but that is not a bad thing at all, it was a good ending which leaves you wanting even more!