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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Matt Reeves

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About the Movie

Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis star in the thrilling next chapter of Planet of the Apes. Ten years after a deadly virus destroys most of humanity, the human survivors find themselves on the brink of war with a group of genetically enhanced apes led by Caesar, a war that could determine which species will dominate Earth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 281
  • Fresh: 254
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This just might be the most engrossing, the smartest and the most daring "Apes" movie ever put on film. – Richard Roeper, Richard, Jul 13, 2014

Fresh: Dawn is not interested in staging conflict for the sake of it, and the misunderstandings and tensions that drive the plot don't always feel like contrivances. – David Sims, AV Club, Sep 22, 2016

Fresh: [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes] is a text book example of how to stay true to the basic genetic code of a movie while also letting it evolve into a different, altogether more sophisticated beast. – Wendy Ide, Times (UK), Jun 30, 2015

Fresh: Rise of the Planet of the Apes alone justified the advent of CGI. With it comes a worthy successor. – Scott Marks, San Diego Reader, Jan 4, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Not up to the hype

The previous Planet of the Apes were thrilling and kept you on the edge of your seat. This one was able to be foreseen on what was coming. With Each suspencfull event, you knew exactly what was going to happen next. Do not waste your time or money on seeing.

A Predictable, But Solidly Entertaining Sequel

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was a summer blockbuster that caught many critics and filmgoers (myself included) by surprise. It rebooted the "Apes" franchise with revolutionary CGI technology, coupled with an incredible performance by Andy Serkis as Caesar. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", while not the surprise that the first movie was, is still one of the better blockbusters of the summer.

10 years have passed since the "Rise" of Caesar and the outbreak of the simian flu that gave the apes their heightened intelligence. He now leads a colony of apes in peace, seperated from what's left of humanity; who were all but destroyed by the virus. When they come into contact to a small band of human survivors, a fragile peace is formed; but tensions begin to mount and it soon becomes clear that war will break out. The only question is who will draw first blood?

This film not only embodies but improves upon what was great about the last film, and those points are the visuals and Andy Serkis' performance. There are several points where you see the faces of all the different apes and they look very real. Serkis continues to build as a fascinating character with Caesar, who will do anything to protect his colony and his family. Matt Reeves; who directed the one of the greatest disaster movies of all time, Cloverfield, continues to show that he knows how to build tension and direct action while also giving it purpose. Michael Giacchino's score is very haunting and adds a lot to the drama of the film.

I hate to criticize this film, but there are some flaws that make this a slight step down from the previous "Apes" entry. If there were any problems I had with "Rise", it was that the human characters and the script were overall just 'there' and served the story without adding any spark to it. The same problems slide into this one as well, as the humans characters have almost less dimension than before, and there's no memorable dialogue. The story itself doesn't have any real surprises to it, as it eventually seeps into run-of-the-mill "us, or them" territory that we've seen in "Avatar", "Last Samurai", and several other films of its kind.

Overall, the first-rate visuals and great ape characters are so much fun to watch; it's just unfortunate that the played-to-death story and the two-dimensional human characters bring down what could have been a great summer movie to a slightly above average summer movie. Still, those shortcomings shouldn't discourage anyone from going out and seeing it. It's a very well-made blockbuster that does what any movie of it's kind should do: entertain. I give it a Low Full Price. (If there is such a thing)

"Apes! Together! Strong!" - Caesar


It seems to be that the subtitles for the apes have been taken out so your left with apes using poor sign language for most of a movie, and this is sad cause you can not feel the chemistry between apes like i did in the theaters when the apes actually have subtitles. If i would have known this i would of never of bought the movie. If there is subtitles for just apes then it would be a 5 out of 5 but i couldn’t find that option

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2014

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