By Matt Singer | Entertainment Editor
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a spectacular reboot of this outstanding movie franchise that brings the battle of humans versus apes through the eyes of director Matt Reeves. The narrative between the two species is something that is unseen in today’s movie industry, and Caesar, the leader of the apes, is in itself the sole reason to watch this fascinating movie.
After 10 years of fighting between the apes and humans, the movie begins as Caesar continues to lead a colony of apes in the woods of San Francisco. When a group of humans (Malcolm, his wife, his son, and his friend Carver and Kemp) decide to venture into these woods, tension begins as Carver shoots an ape, Ash, out of defense. After the conflict is resolved, the humans realize that they need to fix a nearby damn in the apes’ area in order to power their colony. Caesar agrees to the humans terms, and watches them closely. Relationships are formed, but both sides are still cautious. As the damn surprisingly powers up, an unthinkable betrayal occurs that will leave any viewer at the edge of his seat and that leaves both apes and humans ready to attack. War may occur at any moment, but who will come out victorious?
Being able to see apes talk a few times in the last movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was remarkable, but being able to watch apes have a full conversation, whether about the future of their colony or what actions to take against the humans, is truly breath-taking. The technology used to form the look and feel of the apes work wonders, and the overall look of the movie new and refreshing. One can see every scar on the apes, as if they have been through just as much as the humans.
With Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Judy Greer and other well-known actors, the acting in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes acting couldn’t have been better.