Movie of the week: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

An ape named Caesar led the charge to change the world. Raised by humans and gifted with intelligence beyond his species, he turned the natural order of things on itself and eight years later, the world has changed. Humanity’s numbers have been dramatically reduced due to a devastating virus, while the ape civilization Caesar began is flourishing but in the air, one word, one outcome to determine who the dominant species of the Earth truly is, is on the tips of everyone’s tongue: war. The future is in the hands of Caesar, the role Andy Serkis is reprising, in Matt Reeves’ sequel to the widely popular 2011 summer blockbuster. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the featured film of this week.

What am I expecting to see?: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a movie that exceeded my own expectations, and according to fellow critics and early viewers, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a film that surpasses its predecessor in all facets of its design. The tone definitely looks more darker and intense for the plot has gone to a dark and intense area in terms of scope, maturity and action. I’m curious to see where the story has gone courtesy of the screenwriting team of Rick Jaffa, Mark Bomback and Amanda Silver and the cast of Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Judy Greer look very strong. All of the early press this blockbuster is garnering gives the impression that this could be the year’s top blockbuster and I expect “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to be a film that is simply unforgetable.

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