The biggest summer movie season of all time rolls on this weekend with the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
I expected 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes to be 100% hot garbage. Another attempt by Hollywood to revive a franchise and squeeze some money out of an “it” cast of the moment. James Franco is a SCIENTIST?! C’mon man.
I could not have been more wrong about that move. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was awesome. Thematically, it was Scarface. From a character development standpoint, it was Godfather II. The CGI was amazing and that cast was “it” for a reason.
Roaring into theaters this weekend like a dystopian wasteland ape-lord on horseback, comes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As this is one of the few blockbusters not based on a comic book series, young adult novel, or 80’s cartoon, I am opting to go into this one blind. I am fully expecting to be blown away by the story, character progression, and cast once again.
What’s it about: 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.
Should you see it: Unequivocally, yes. Ape CGI and wasteland CGI aside, this movie is going to be great. Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Andy Serkis are phenomenal actors. The writing team behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also wrote the upcoming Jurassic World, both Avatar sequels, and the upcoming Ron Howard/Chris Hemsworth movie Heart of the Sea. You don’t get jobs like that by turning in drivel.
Judge for yourself: