- Actors: Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell
- Format: Digital_copy, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: December 2, 2014
- Run Time: 131 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3,909 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00MH8DU9Q
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of The Planet of the Apes. It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). The two species form a fragile peace but dissention grows and the groups find themselves hurtling toward all-out war.
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This movie picks up about 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. If you're like me, for the first few minutes you'll wonder if you've mistakenly wandered into the bargain movie theater and you're watching Contagion because the movie starts with all of these news clips reporting details about a massive quarantine and all these deaths due to something like the swine flu. Don't worry - it's the right movie. Basically, the human population is getting wiped out from disease that was spread by the apes that were getting tested on in the first movie. The movie finally starts about 10 years later and Caesar is wondering if there are any humans left, because they haven't seen any sign of them in 2 years. Proving Caesar has incredible timing, his question is answered when his son and another ape run into a group of hikers in the wood.. Long story short - they're trying to get to some giant dam or something to set up a power source for this group of humans that have survived. They need the power for survival, and also to communicate with the rest of the world to see who else has survived the epidemic. The problem: the apes don't trust humans and humans don't trust the apes.
The rest of the movie is pretty much apes and humans tiptoeing around each other because they don't trust the other after the events of the first movie, both parties getting along to the point of not wanting to start a huge war, until Koba goes and starts trouble. After that, all chaos breaks loose. I thought the movie was really action-packed and intense at parts. I loved it! Even the scenes I giggled at during the previews (where the apes were riding on horses and looking ridiculous) ended up being pretty good in the actual movie.
I divorced them as soon as I walked out of the theater on July 27th, 2001, and since then I’ve moved across the country, changed my name and pretty much wiped their existence from my memory.
I hate when films I have no desire to see because I’m convinced I’ll hate them turn out to have great reviews and legions of fans (a lot of whom were surprised they enjoyed it) and so then I’m forced to…see it for myself.
Now, I liked the reboot. I did. I didn’t love it. I found some of it to be reaching a bit, some of it under-thought and the conclusion to be a tad underwhelming, but overall, it was a serious (and I mean SERIOUS) step up from that Burton nightmare. I wasn’t ready to commit to anything, but I was ok with ‘hanging out a few times’. Now that I’ve seen ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, I’m debating a marriage proposal.
Like, I’m seriously thinking about going all Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton with this franchise (I really hope you get that reference).
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ takes a lot of gimmicky movie plotlines and weaves them together. We have the talking animals, the ‘not so subtle’ racism subject, the post-apocalyptic world and the trope about how humans are their own worst enemy, and yet it does it so cleverly that it doesn’t matter. I ate this up. I mean, this world created here is so rich, so vibrant, so real, so honest, so human, so believable and understandable and relatable and just authentic that you feel so IN THIS from the minute it starts. The way that they take the prejudices of man and ape and make them two fold adds a layer of truth and honesty (no one is innocent) and the brutal climax feels so genuinely felt that it leaves the audience literally breathless.
The ensemble works very well with the material given, from the human actors to the CGI ones, with Andy Serkis taking the character of Caesar to another level, and Toby Kebbell completely owning this movie with his savage take on Koba. Clarke anchors the film well (better than I thought Franco did), and the cast of distraught humans feels authentic, feels grounded in the material.
The film may visually thrive because of the brilliant CGI work here, but it also relies heavily on Michael Seresin’s astonishing cinematography. The only other film to produce as many single shots of beauty this past year was ‘Under the Skin’. Whether it be the apes leaping from tree to tree, or the rain drenched stampeded towards the human compound, this film is remarkably lensed. Giancchino’s score is tonally appropriate, and Matt Reeves’ direction is on it, point for point.
One of the best genre films to come out in a year bursting with genre films (and good ones at that), ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ takes this franchise to a place I never thought it would go; the modern era. For a film that is steeped in a concept we are all familiar with, whether we’ve seen the original films or not, this film feels as fresh and as new as they come, and the undeniably poignancy of the script never feels overbearing or tiresome but feels honest from start to finish.