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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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Untitled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel  »

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$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,611,427, 13 July 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$208,545,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$710,644,566
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In the official movie novelization, Luca forms a close bond with Malcolm after himself,Caesar,Blue Eyes,Rocket and Maurice helped save Malcolm, Ellie, Alexander and their men from the dam. it is unknown whether the scene only existed in the script that was used to write the book or whether the scenes were shot that ended up on the cutting room floor. See more »

Goofs

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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[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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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is an audio cue of Apes digging through, and removing rubble and concrete. Then Koba's distinctive breathing is heard, hinting at Koba surviving the fall after his struggle with Caesar. See more »


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The Weight
Written by Robbie Robertson
Performed by The Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
Under license from Universal
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A Beautiful Tragedy.
23 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

I went into Dawn super excited to see the story of Caesar continued, and I was not disappointed.

Dawn is a very different movie from Rise and I often find it very difficult to determine which I like more. I like different aspects of both films. They've become tied for my favorite movie, period.

If Rise was emotional, Dawn was a roller-coaster. No single movie has brought tears to my eyes during so many different scenes. I haven't become so invested in characters in a movie for a long time, you can't watch it without feeling something for them. Most of that was due to the acting, especially in the ape characters. The performances were incredible, especially after you've seen behind the scene clips to strip down and see the actors themselves and how much they put into their roles, emotionally and physically. Some of what they express is so subtle but so powerful, and that is the movie's biggest strength. Without such amazing performances from the ape actors, Dawn wouldn't be half the film that it is. Weta really stepped up their hyper realism game as well, the apes look so real that I swear I could reach out and touch them. There was no point where I thought to myself "That's CGI", unlike Rise, where there were a couple brief moments.

In Dawn, we see more ape characters developed than just Caesar as with Rise. I enjoyed getting to know more apes and its not a stretch to say many of them are very likable, or at the very least understandable in their motives. Its great to see how the apes as a whole have developed, the society they've created for themselves, and the forming of their culture. I could have watched an entire film, easily, focusing purely on the apes without any humans involved at all. The only complaint I have about Dawn is that I wish we could have been shown more of their way of life, not just the beginning sequences before humans show up and everything starts to turn upside down. In many ways, the beginning was a show of what could have been but was not to be, and in that lies the tragedy of what did end up happening. The ending has such a sense of hopelessness that its painful.

This is the apes' story. And man, is it a story that I can't wait for more of. I can't recommend these movies enough.


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