MOVIE REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A worthy sequel to 2011’s reboot of the classic franchise that often surprises with strong characters and a certain amount of insight even as its climax underwhelms.

MY RATING:

SYNOPSIS: After a virus has wiped out much of humanity, a surviving population of humans attempts to seek a truce with intelligent apes to help rebuild civilization.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Often engaging script; well-crafted action sequences; beautifully realized post-apocalyptic landscape, and of course the apes.
CONS: Competent direction from Matt Reeves that takes too few chances after its powerful opening; social commentary on occasion feels forced; bland human characters.
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Today at 5:15 PM CT at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, there will be a live Q&A to promote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Editor Devin Faraci will moderate the Q&A with director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman.

What’s that? You can’t be there? That’s OK. You can watch the live Q&A right here!

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TRAILER: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Here’s the first official look at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, whose plot synopsis is:

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.

The film stars Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Andy Serkis.
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