Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

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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.



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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

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  • 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.

    Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…

    David Sims

    AV Club
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  • [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.

    Jun 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes alone justified the advent of CGI. With it comes a worthy successor.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For dramatic verve and emotional nuance, apes trounce people, hands down, and the movie suffers badly from the mismatch; all traces of finesse are trampled by the bombast of the climax.

    Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…
    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Dawn is nothing like as dramatically satisfying as Rise. It is slow, portentous and peculiarly dimly lit - for all of Matt Reeves's ambition has gone into creating what he calls "the photo-reality of things".

    Jul 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's very enjoyable stuff.

    Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

  • Jul 28, 2017
    When the words "blockbuster" and "CGI" are used in the same sentence, it's more than likely that it will be too flashy and lacking in spirit. In Dawn, the CGI is not only improved upon from it's predecessor but plays an even more essential role in the development of the Apes universe. Andy Serkis is back as Caesar, the leader of the apes, and he's better than ever. He is, hands down, the most talented motion-capture actor; in Apes, he and the production team are beginning to blur the line between motion-capture and reality. The film is now three years old and it contains what is still some of the best CGI I've ever seen. What makes this series so engrossing is watching the development of Caesar and his society go from what appear to be simple zoo animals to being almost exactly like the humans they are forced to coincide with; intelligent yet destructive. Howling to see the third.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2017
    Proof that great blockbusters still exist. Dawn of the Apes is a smart and engaging film from start to finish that has a lot to say.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2015
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2015
    A worthy successor that makes this latest Apes franchise 2 for 2 of great movies. (Though I can't help but wish they'd just called it Dawn of the Apes).
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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