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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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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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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 ... 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.


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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) 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$208,545,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$710,644,566
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Koba the bonobo, Caesar's first assistant ape, bears the name that Joseph Stalin used as a nickname. Their personalities are somewhat similar, the bonobo's ascent to power bears a resemblance to Stalin's: among his more nefarious actions was to have one of his partners from the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky, assassinated. Trotsky escaped and went into exile. See more »

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When Malcolm and the Apes enter and exit the BART (subway) stations, they pass through rotary turnstiles, a type that hasn't been used in decades. 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...
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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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References Donkey Kong (1981) 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 Music Enterprises
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The Age Old Tale
21 July 2014 | by AbhiMathewsSee all my reviews

Humans generally have a superiority complex that makes them often consider all other forms of life as inadequate. Civilization has exemplified the mass exploitation and selfishness humans are capable of in the past, and present, on numerous occasions. The Planet of the Apes series delves on this complex. It displays the vulnerabilities of the human race and how nothing is to be underestimated.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will surely entertain. As the sequel to the last instalment, we follow Caesar in his new habitat following the human pandemic instigated by the Simian influenza. In a world where the human population is depleted and infrastructure collapsed, society is broken apart and in a fragile state. With stubborn and selfish humans, the fate of humanity does not rest in good hands.

Watching this film, I cannot say there ever was a moment of dullness nor boredom. Though, for me, there was nothing exceptional about it. The plot is one that we have come to expect and the CGI was certainly state of the art. Putting this aside, it is the story of Caesar and the strive for freedom of all that captures this movie's true essence. Empathizing with these intelligent beings no longer being the tools of humans is one to both support and fear. It is this unique mixture of elements that make Dawn of the Planet of the Apes so touching yet stimulating.

This is a movie I'd recommend all to see since it offers a perspective many contemporary films fail to produce.


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