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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  11 July 2014 (USA)
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In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race.

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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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$148,490,279 (USA) (22 July 2014)
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Terry Notary, who plays Rocket, worked as a movement coach on the original Planet of the Apes (2001) remake. See more »

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On multiple occasions, when a character goes into a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station, they are seen jumping over a classic subway-style turnstile. In fact, BART stations do not have these kind of turnstiles, they have more modern looking ones that slide open. See more »

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Dreyfus: [addressing a crowd] We've been through hell together! We spent four years, FOUR YEARS fighting that virus, and then another four fighting each other! It was chaos!... But you all know what we're up against! And I want you to know, it's not just about power! It's about giving us the hope to rebuild, to reclaim the world we lost!
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Good CGI and an Engaging Story
21 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the latest chapter in the POTA franchise. I must admit that I had not seen any of the recent releases--those that rely heavily on CGI--until this one.

If you are wondering whether or not this film stands on its own, it does. After a quick updating of the last film (Rise of...), the story advances without any confusion for the viewer.

Since this film does use CGI extensively, let me say that the effects are extremely well done. In my opinion, the most difficult thing to pull of is to make apes on horseback look realistic and natural. They came as close to it as I think can be done.

Another reasonable question might be: When so many of the characters are apes, are you really able to tell them apart easily? Again, yes. Visual cues are utilized, making it very easy to distinguish the ape characters. This might seem like a given, but it is essential to enjoyable viewing.

The story itself is interesting and engaging. The relationship of ape to man is a touchy thing in this film, due to years of abuse and violence. There are those who wish a peaceful coexistence and those, naturally, who wish for war. Even as conflict ensues, opposing forces are at work. It is critical that the inter-ape communication and the inter-species communication be somewhat believable, and the script handles that issue well. There are subtitles when needed. Somehow, they never seem to interfere with the flow of the story.

I recommend this film to almost anyone, subject to the PG-13 rating. Though violence is depicted, it is not gory. Nor is it championed. Instead, the film promotes peaceful communication and cooperation.


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