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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Box Office


$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first time in the franchise that shows the chimps as omnivores. They hunted a herd of elk in the beginning of the film and can be seen later in the film eating the elk. This is accurate since chimpanzees in reality hunt and eat other animals, some of which are deer-like animals. See more »


The apes charging on horseback with automatic rifles, firing all their weapons endlessly without reloading. 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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Follows Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) See more »


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User Reviews

Nice and passable sequel with great visual effects by means of Motion Capture
5 August 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Dramatic as well as spectacular film in which simians undergo a rebellion against humans and winding up at a climatic final . Based on Pierre Boulle novel initiated by ¨Planet of Apes¨ that at time of its release regarded as the most extraordinary Scifi in years . 8th movie in the series , it deals with Caesar (Andy Serkis) a Chimpanzee raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman (the fate of Will -James Franco- after the events "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is unknown, but there is a clue , when Caesar returns to his house you can see a sign with an X on the stoop by the door , usually this means someone living there is infected) and a Primatologist Caroline Aranha . The chimpanzee gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug that gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising . Later on , Caesar seeking justice for his fellow primates , as he carries out a riot in which simians turn the tables . Meantime , lots of simians , Chimpanzees , gorillas murder violently every human in sight . Then , 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 helped by a group of good humans (Jason Clarke and Keri Russell ; Matt Reeves cast her as the female lead, fifteen years after giving her her most famous role when he cast her as the lead of his TV show Felicity) , 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 . At the ending happens a spectacular , fierce confrontation between a human army and the simians commanded by Koba (Tony Kebbell) . Then Caesar leads an animal revolt against his enemy in which humans battle the apes led by an intelligent ape .

This is an entertaining , big budget sci-fi flick plenty of metaphysical significance with thoughtful reflexion about origin of human being , racism , apartheid , though also packs action, intrigue and amusement . Although several elements of the screenplay strain credibility to the limit the story turns out to be pretty interesting and amusing . This film is considered to be the second live action film to have its main hero as a thoughtful, feeling, self aware animal . Andy Serkis's distinctive features prove to be recognisable even under ¨Motion Capture¨ FX images . One of the first feature films to use motion-capture in a so-called 'on location' setting , formerly , motion-capture was limited to special studio set up with special ¨motion-capture¨ cameras in very clearly defined surroundings . Unlike the previous films, this is the second Apes movie to have CGI apes and with arm extensions . The performers are very fine , particularly Andy Serkis who provides the sturdy central pivot the tale surely needs , Jason Clarke , Keri Russell , Gary Oldman are pretty good , the characters are well drawn . Andy Serkis, Terry Notary, and Karin Konoval are the only actors that returned from "Rise" to play the characters Caesar, Rocket, and Maurice . Judy Greer replaced stunt-woman/dancer Devyn Dalton as Caesar's mate, Cornelia, and Toby Kebbell replaced stuntman/motion capture performer Christopher Gordon as the scarred lab chimp Koba . Remaining cast formed by Gorillas , Chimpanzees , Orangutans and other apes are nice , in spite of Motion Capture they are still oddly convincing . In addition to the apes, visual effects company Weta Digital created other digital animals, such as a herd of deer, a grizzly bear, and CG doubles of the live horses . The deer were created using key-frame animation and the digital crowd enhancement software Massive , the bear through key-frame animation, and the horses with a mixture of key-frame animation and motion capture . The picture delivers enough energy and results to be an impressive flick full of action , battles and suspense . In contrast to former movies , 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 . Writing credits by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Bomback , their screenplay is just clever and including interesting issues about human beings and animals . One of the important attributes of this work, is the magnificent and luminous cinematography by Michael Seresin . Epic as well as emotive musical score by Michael Giacchino , it's full of fury and sound . This motion picture was well directed by Matt Reeves , being the first "Planet of the Apes" to filmed and released in 3D and first Planet of the Apes film to be shot in the 1.85:1 ratio.

Other adaptations based on the characters created by Pierre Boulle are the followings : The previous ¨Rise of the Planet of the Apes¨ by Rupert Wyatt with James Franco , Freida Pinto , John Lihtgow , Brian Cox , Tom Felton and Andy Serkis ; the original and the best turns out to be ¨Planet of Apes¨ by Franklyn J Schaffner with Charlton Heston , Roddy MacDowall, Kim Hunter , followed by "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970) with James Franciscus , Linda Harrison , Maurice Evans ; it's followed by three inferior sequels that get worse and a TV series as 'Escape of planet of apes'(71, Don Taylor), 'Conquest of planet of apes'(72, J. Lee Thompson), 'Battle for the planet of apes' (73, J.Lee Thompson) and finally Tim Burton version (2000) with Mark Whalberg , Tim Roth , Helena Bonham Carter and special appearance by Charlton Heston .

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