Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

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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) Fox

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
Box Office: $5.1M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Malcolm

as Dreyfus

as Alexander

as Cornelia

as Maurice

as Rocket

as Blue Eyes

as Foster

as Ash (as Doc Shaw)

as McVeigh

as Werner

as Man 1

as Driver

as Recruit

as Cannon-Gunner

as Old Woman

as Gun-Clinching Man
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Critic Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

All Critics (268) | Top Critics (47)

Way better than it has any right to be.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
eFilmCritic.com

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

This is a confident sequel from Reeves and company; gripping, moving and recommended.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015

[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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Times [UK]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes works precisely because it believes in itself and will brook no arguments.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Trespass

It is better [than Rise of the Planet of the Apes]. Not by much, though, and not where it counts the most. It's better on the level of spectacle, but the storytelling remains shaky at best.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

½

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.

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JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

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.

jlewis07
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

½

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

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