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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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Matt Reeves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Serkis ... Caesar
Jason Clarke ... Malcolm
Gary Oldman ... Dreyfus
Keri Russell ... Ellie
Toby Kebbell ... Koba
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Alexander
Kirk Acevedo ... Carver
Nick Thurston ... Blue Eyes
Terry Notary ... Rocket
Karin Konoval ... Maurice
Judy Greer ... Cornelia
Jon Eyez Jon Eyez ... Foster
Enrique Murciano ... Kemp
Larramie Doc Shaw ... Ash (as Doc Shaw)
Lee Ross ... Grey
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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According to Director Matt Reeves, the original draft of the screenplay, which was written before he was hired, was set further in the future, with the apes having obtained the ability to speak almost flawlessly, and Caesar playing a much smaller role. Reeves thought it would be more interesting to explore Caesar's story at an earlier stage, and asked for permission to re-write the script from scratch. His request was granted, on the condition that he deliver the film in time for the scheduled release date. See more »

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The apes charging on horseback with automatic rifles, firing all their weapons endlessly without reloading. See more »

Quotes

[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 the...
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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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Referenced in PWN: Just the Worst Movies - PWN #16 (2017) See more »

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Ain't That a Stinger
Written by Griffy Giacchino
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A blockbuster that takes a bigger approach and with brains and heart
20 July 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As someone who really enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, expectations were high for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And apart from a rushed ending and the underdeveloped human characters Dawn of the Planet of the Apes didn't disappoint and is just as good. It looks amazing for starters, the cinematography and lighting are of great beauty and atmosphere and the scenery is equally striking. But the visual highlight, and most likely the best thing about the film, are the special effects for the apes, that they look so real and that it's hard to believe they were done by computer is testament to how good they look. The soundtrack is haunting and rousing with no dirge-like tempos and it doesn't feel overbearing either, even with sound with as much authenticity as here. The script also impresses, it's very intelligently done and has a lot of tension and heart. What impressed even more was how simple and nuanced some of it was, like when the apes speak they only need to say a few words and it still feels like it's saying a lot, a couple of times even a sideways glance brings more impact than you'd think. The story takes a bigger and somewhat bolder approach than Rise of the Planet of the Apes and this is an instance of it working very well, especially with the visceral action sequences which are very tense and look terrific and in the incredibly intense and emotional final act. It's compelling stuff where you feel compassion for and identify with every step of the way with Caesar and his family. Matt Reeves' direction doesn't make the mistake of being overblown or lethargic, there is at least a sense that he knows what he's doing. The acting is solid, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell are charming leads and Gary Oldman while criminally underused still gives a spirited performances. But other than the special effects the other highlight is the characterisation of the apes, which is just superb especially for Caesar(who is by far and way the most relatable and most compelling character in the entire film), Andy Serkis never fails to amaze me. All in all a really well done blockbuster, although the human characters do not register anywhere near as well as the special effects and the apes characterisations. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,611,427, 13 July 2014

Gross USA:

$208,545,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$710,644,566
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1.85 : 1
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