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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 July 2014 (USA)
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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.


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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. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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One last chance for peace.

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel  »

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$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$72,611,427 (USA) (11 July 2014)


$208,543,795 (USA) (28 November 2014)

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Did You Know?


Will Rodman's (James Franco) 1980's era Jeep Wagoneer (from the first movie) is still parked in front of the house. The vehicle is covered in vines and vegetation, but it can clearly be seen when Caeser and friends first arrive to Will's old house, Caeser's first home. See more »


(at around 1h 18 mins) When Dreyfus is giving his "We are survivors" speech to the crowd, he is holding the hand-held microphone, but the bullhorn is hanging at his waist, pointing down, instead of toward the people. See more »


[first lines]
Physician: If you have a fever and cough or a sore throat, stay home.
Man on TV: I'd say 95% chance of this is manufactured. Came out of a laboratory.
Female Reporter: The source of the virus was traced back to drug test done at Gen-Sys Laboratories in San Francisco.
Male Reporter 1: The lab technician, now known as Patient Zero, was accidentally exposed to retrovirus ALZ-113, an Alzheimer's trial drug that was being testing on chimpanzees.
Male Reporter 2: The infected chimps showed signs of erratic and aggressive behavior that led to their escape from...
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Written by Robbie Robertson
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Seeing The Light Within The Darkness: Transcendence
30 April 2016 | by (Quis Ut Deus?) – See all my reviews

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First, all of these Ape movies are allegories, they were never intended to be taken literally as empirical realities. Of course, the Apes home is impossibly constructed, the mastery of human weapons and tank use are absurd. What was adumbrated in Rise, with the sneeze of the contaminated lab worker, is brought to full fruition here with the Simian Flu that almost exterminates the human race. Yes, detractors, the movie is a failure as a pure adventure story. The way to appreciate the movie is to see it as it was intended to be: an allegory about two groups of creatures full of hatred and mistrust learning to overcome their differences and, through the commonalities of existence, reaching a sense of understanding for the other group. This powerful lesson is taught through Caesar's nobility where the love visited upon him by his adopted father, in Rise, gives him the strength to endure great challenges to his patience with humans. There are two parallel stories working here with each group: Caesar and Koba with Malcolm and Dreyfus. Both Koba and Dreyfus are filled with implacable hatred for the other's group; Koba's is more salient but Dreyfus shows it to you when he stumbles on the words,"Regain all that we lost." The battle at the building is as unreal as the bridge battle in Rise; yet, it is important to remember the point is to teach a lesson about learning to overcome prejudice and racism towards different peoples.

It is not a coincidence that the dyads fight simultaneously at the end; Dreyfus shares Koba's wish to exterminate the other group regardless of the costs to his own group. Caesar tries to remind Koba of this but, Koba in an ascending tone of rage replies, pointing to his torture scars,"human work, Human work, HUMAN WORK." His hatred is mirrored in Dreyfus, this is the key to the story. My favorite scene is where Malcolm hugs Caesar, restoring his faith in humanity. This scene is the entire movie in a microcosm. The movie begins with the near fatal first meeting where Caesar stops a massacre. The director throws in historical allusions like the famous Reichstag Fire that Hitler blamed on the Jews and used to persecute them mercilessly. Here, Koba shoots Caesar and starts the fire he blames on the humans. What hurt this movie, severely, is that many people approached it as a straight forward action movie. Be warned, it is an allegory like Rise, here the theme is two groups of creatures learning to stop hating and killing each other. Yes, detractors, it contains some bad scenes that were not the best choices. I could have lived without the gas station with the 60's awful music.

Admittedly, the cast, with the exception of Oldman, is much weaker than Rise. There are greater breaks with reality (using automatic weapons, tanks, conquering humans); always remember that, like the bridge battle in Rise, these are necessary to make the allegorical points of the narrative. Serkis does well conveying Caesar's nobility, it is not all one sided. Caesar's naiveté about Apes not ever reaching humans level of violence is disproved by Koba. He clings to it as he released Koba, to his death,"Koba not Ape." The core of the allegory is spoken by Caesar to Koba when the latter tries to cloak his genocide with Apes' survival. Caesar responds,"Koba fights for Koba." When you watch it notice how this is mirrored with Dreyfus. It was a nice touch to have the humans return Caesar to his childhood and protect / care for him. This rankled the empiricists who decried the improbability, but again, this is not a realistic movie. Caesar's faith is restored and he returns to defeat Koba. The embrace of Malcolm and Caesar with their look at each other was the entire point of this misunderstood treasure. Yes, detractors, this is a step down from Rise but its message of overcoming fear and prejudice for others different from ourselves, coupled with Caesar's nobility, is why I own this movie. I invite you to revisit it as I found myself doing; it took many showings until I could articulate why I loved the movie. The sufferings of Life bind us together as one wherever upon this small planet we may find ourselves. Through The Light Into One My Friends. Deus Vobiscum IMDb. Q.E.D.

"We Must Learn To Live Together As Brothers Or Perish Together As Fools." Martin Luther King

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