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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)



Critic Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.

Movie Info

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. (c) Foxmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi vioelnce and action, and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Mark Bomback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2014
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Jason Clarke
as Malcolm
Gary Oldman
as Dreyfus
Judy Greer
as Cornelia
Nick Thurston
as Blue Eyes
Jon Eyez
as Foster
Laramie Shaw
as Ash (as Doc Shaw)
Kevin Rankin
as McVeigh
Jocko Sims
as Werner
Mike Seal
as Driver
Chase Boltin
as Recruit
Michael Papajohn
as Cannon-Gunner
Carol Sutton
as Old Woman
Christopher Berry
as Gun-Clinching Man
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News & Interviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Critic Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

All Critics (273) | Top Critics (49)

Andy Serkis, the actor who plays Caesar through the sophisticated performance-capture technology, gives us a soulful, complicated primate who faces the moral dilemma of a threatened sovereign.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Bangkok Post

It's a handful of moments between chimps that make "Dawn" worthwhile, with a philosophical exchange between Caesar and his right-hand ape, Koba, making a crater-sized impact.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

Dawn and the other films of the franchise are constantly evoking bleak events in human history. It's part of their whole design, creating a sense of entrapment within a cyclical momentum endlessly replayed.

Full Review… | April 5, 2016
The Jacobin

More smartly nuanced and visually bombastic than any entry in the series, Dawn boasts a surprisingly textured script and great performances from both the men and the apes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
The Film Stage

Way better than it has any right to be.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

Matt Reeves, the director of another end of the world type scenario in found footage film Cloverfield, takes the reins of this smart and attractive franchise and runs confidently with visceral wanton destruction and a blunt message about gun control.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
The Arts Desk

Audience Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes


Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes travels down the dark path.

Swinging in at 2 hours, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a solid mixture of story, character, and action. Things are predictable and there are times when the plot details become tedious; however, as a whole, this picture comes together.

It can be said that this picture relies heavily on CG, and yes it does. All can be forgiven if done the right way and this film does it the right way. The motion capture and the presentation of the apes are spectacular in their own right; almost as if they are standing right there with the rest of the actors.

The human characters serve as a good contrast to the apes, which is much welcome. Watching 2 hours of apes just wouldn't be the same. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell have the major human characters to follow.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes never brings the suspense or excitement, yet it is still a recommendable piece.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


While I enjoyed Dawn, something seemed off to me that I can't explain. I really liked Rise and this was just so different from that film and it caught me off guard. The action and special effects are absolutely terrific as are the performances, but the story did not touch me like Rise managed. Still a very good sequel worth watching, but I preferred Rise. I am certainly interested to see where they take the series from here. I don't think this series has ever seen this much popularity and critical acclaim among the mainstream audiences.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


An outstanding, riveting sequel to the very flawed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", concerning the last chance humanity, led by the believer Malcolm (Jason Clarke), have with mending their torn relationship with the apes, led by the charismatic Caesar (Andy Serkis). Where the first movie lacked interesting characters and brilliant twists in plot development, this movie more than makes up for it and some. Serkis, who has one of the most unique careers in the business, is absolutely breathtaking once again, where he raises the character of Caesar to "cult icon" status given the depth and muscle of his performance. The special effects, as expected, are phenomenal, but the real treat here is seeing how the story develops, and even if it gets a little left-wing, anti-gun at times, that is pretty much one of the only flaws the movie has. For the most part, this is a rip-roaring film worthy of the hype surrounding it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Quotes

Finney: What are you doing?
Dreyfus: I'm saving the human race.
– Submitted by Jaymes R (5 months ago)
Malcolm: Does any of this make sense to you?
Caesar: Lights.
Malcolm: Yes, the lights!
– Submitted by Arks B (21 months ago)
Dreyfus: They're animals!
– Submitted by Alex L (22 months ago)
Caesar: You stay here one day.
– Submitted by Aiden D (22 months ago)

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