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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  11 July 2014 (USA)
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An ape empire conflicts with a sustaining human rebellion, as well as a rogue renegade due to the catastrophic events ten years 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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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

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Untitled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel  »

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$170,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$208,543,795 (USA) (28 November 2014)
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In contrast to the previous movie, this film shot motion capture mostly in exterior sets. Andy Serkis remarked that shooting outside in motion capture suits made all the actors playing apes so sweaty and smelly that they hardly dared to come close to other people after a few days. See more »

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The apes and humans have supposedly been unaware of each other for the last two years. But the humans' generator activity (until they ran out of power and had to seek out the dam) and the apes' camp fires have been continuing during that time, and each should have been visible to the other group. See more »

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Physician: If you have a fever and cough or a sore throat, stay home.
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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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"Ape not kill ape."
1 December 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Spectacular sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes continues this wonderful reboot of the '70s movies. This one is a reworking of the story from Battle of the Planet of the Apes, which was the weakest entry in the original series. 'Dawn' is superior to 'Battle' in every way, although a notch below 'Rise' in my book. The story picks up ten years after the events of 'Rise.' Caesar is now the leader of the apes living in the woods north of San Francisco. The only humans remaining are the ones immune to the virus introduced in the prior film. The humans and apes have a tenuous relationship that is further strained by humans attempting to enter the ape habitat to reactivate a hydroelectric dam. Caesar wants peace between the humans and the apes, so he allows them in to fix the dam. This doesn't sit well with some of the apes, particularly one named Koba, who wants to wipe out the remaining humans.

Extraordinary action scenes and CGI highlight the second half. I actually wasn't very impressed with the CGI in the first few scenes. I felt the faces on some of the apes looked kind of cartoonish. But it seemed to improve after that and I had no further complaints. The first half is full of incredible character moments (not that those are missing from the second half entirely). It's a really well-written movie. One of the best things about this series (and the original) is the great writing and characterizations. They could easily appeal to the lowest common denominator market and just have mindless violence and apes ninja turtling it up but they don't. They don't sacrifice story for spectacle and yet they still put out an exceptional blockbuster-style movie. Michael Bay could learn a thing or a million.


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