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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Directed By
Matt Reeves

Written By:
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle

Cast:
Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, Jon Eyez, Enrique Murciano, Larramie Doc Shaw, Lee Ross, Keir O'Donnell, Kevin Rankin, Jocko Sims, Al Vicente, Matthew James, Richard King, Deneen Tyler, Mustafa Harris, Lombardo Boyar, Mike Seal, J.D. Evermore, Michael Papajohn, Thomas Rosales Jr., Carol Sutton, Christopher Berry, Monica Rene'e Anderson, John L. Armijo, Jon Arthur, Blake Nelson Boyd, Edward J. Clare, Duane Cothren, Kurt Cotton, Michelle DeVito, Joseph Fischer, Tina Gilton, Geraldine Glenn, Monica R. Harris, Alaine Huntington, Lucky Johnson, Mark Joyce, Angela Kerecz, Bobby Kerecz, Anthony A. Kung, Richie J. Ladner, Cynthia LeBlanc, John R Mangus, Ken Massey, Kevonte Mcdonald, Mahal Montoya, Rebekah Jean Morgan, Timothy Pickles, Diezel Ramos, Ryan Daniel Rodriguez, Carl Schreiber, Kerry Sims, Valerie Strecker, Joseph Uzzell, M. Jearl Vinot, Jason Watson, Steven Wiig, Timothy Wyant, Ahmed Zakzouk


 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
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Movie Review by Martin
July 25th, 2014

Ever since "Rise of the Planet of the apes" was advertised, I've loved the direction this "old worn out" franchise is taking, and it seems a lot of other people are now on-board too. I mean, with the exception of "Batman," what other franchise that's been "rebooted" was actually in dire need of it, and has actually pulled it off in a totally new, creative and original way? To get straight to the point. "Dawn of the Planet of the apes" is what "The Dark Knight" was to "Batman begins." In that its successful in living up to the impossible expectations set-up after the surprise praise put upon number 1. If not completely surpassing those expectations.

What worked for the best in "rise" is built upon with this one. Yes, Ceaser, the leader of all of these super intelligent apes is still the star of the show, brought to life with amazing motion capture CGI, and the under-praised actions of Andy Serkis. But what's going on around him is equally amazing. With the entire films special effects being at their best.

There's a lot more use for the other apes this time as well, with the people behind their actions making some of the other characters equally as compelling As Caeser. But its still the story that comes first, and the film is made all the stronger for it. In the old movies you had to sustain disbelief a lot when it was just guys in rubber suits playing the apes, but here, you believe these characters are real when they act like apes, and completely forget your watching an animated animal when these guys are talking.

The First movie had a couple of daft bits, but this one (surprising as it sounds) feels completely believable and not stupid at all. Its stories great and unpredictable, its effects are amazing, there's heartfelt moments, exciting moments, creepy moments, and even a few funny ones. With the whole thing being brought to life with modern, unique computer altered performances, that have to be seen to be believed.

Maybe i'm being to generous, but I really can't praise this movie enough. Too call it a great sequel is un-fair because its more than that, and is possibly the first film i've seen in years that I may even add to my "All time favourites." But is that all that surprising when "Dawn" is so damn near flawless.

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