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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  11 July 2014 (USA)
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Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.

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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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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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The first planet of the apes movie to have the F word. See more »

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The apes had no contact with humans for the last two years. But when the dam starts producing electricity and the lights turn on in San Francisco they have a clear view on the city. Where they had electricity before through generators. So the lights were on before. So the apes would have known of the existence of surviving humans. Also the humans would have had a clear view on the fires of the apes. So they would have known too. See more »

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Dreyfus: [to Malcolm as they see the apes] That's a hell of lot more than eighty!
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Follows Planet of the Apes (1974) See more »

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The apes have become seriously amazing to watch.
11 October 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Solid, enjoyable sci-fi that actually breaks new ground with its awesome and insightful portrayal of the blooming ape society.

It's been a decade since the events of Part 1. Humans have been decimated by the virus. The film begins with transporting us to the ape kingdom, which is situated in the woods near San Francisco and led by Caesar. The apes are living well, learning hunting techniques, family values, and so on.

This idyllic life is promptly interrupted by the appearance of humans, and yes, they have guns and itchy trigger fingers. So you know this is gonna escalate quickly. Turns out there's quite a large pack of humans still living in San Fran, and not just scraping by, but busily building, planning, and generally looking to "reclaim what's theirs".

Well, they're both primates, right? And old Caesar speaks Human. So after an initial skirmish the two groups sit down, talk it out, and live together in harmony for the rest of the film. Apes help humans with some of the trickier construction tasks, while humans teach apes to play guitar and football.

Or, maybe it's called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes because it doesn't really all work out so well. Who knows. You'll have to watch the movie to find out.

DOTPOTA is not entirely devoid of clichés, especially towards the end, but it's still very good, mainly because the apes' behavior is written and visualized so brilliantly.

7/10.


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