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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Review

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 10:41am

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Opens Friday, July 11

In an apocalyptic future, Caesar and his clan of genetically evolved apes have to deal with the last remnants of human society. Will they trust man and live in harmony or attempt to wipe out their former captors? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pushes the technical boundries of filmmaking with beautifully rendered chimps, gorillas and orangutans, while telling a compelling
story.

The first 15 minutes of the film draw you in, as we learn about the newly formed simian society. Without using any dialogue, director Matt Reeves endears these noble creatures with personality and complex relationships.

By the end of the movie they seem as real as their flesh and blood co-stars.

Combine that with sophisticated action scenes and glorious iconic imagery, and you’ve got a can’t miss trip to the theater.

Great science fiction explores big ideas. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, without directly commenting on any current event in particular, works as both an entertaining story of warring tribes and as a metaphor for the most basic of human relationships. Just like the original Planet of the Apes, it will leave you with plenty to think about.

I’m John at the Movies.

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