The Rise of the Planet of the Apes was my first experience with the ape franchise, pulling my into a world of evolution. With a worthy predecessor for support, I had high hopes for the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film.
Don’t worry there are no spoilers.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is, how shall I put it, your stepping stone movie, you’re Deathly Hallows P1, for what is about to come next. Adventuring into the world of a war, the film takes us through the beginning stages of confrontation between human survivors (now that got you guessing) and the apes, which leads to the war.
Unlike it’s predecessor, this film is over a period of a week, unfolding all the events which lead to conflict so quickly. There is ALOT of death and betrayal in 130 minutes. I was shocked how much, and yet how little, could be brought to the screen in such a long time, despite the constant plot twist helping the film flow.
Personally, If someone asked me if they should see this film in the cinema, I’d most likely say wait till it comes out on DVD, just because it is such a ‘filler’ film. However, the film has been very well produced. If you are wanting to watch a film with amazing acting, that has been shot and edited to perfection- then I’d say go.
As I said, the acting is phenomenal. With great performances from all the main actors –even smaller roles were well executed- and, well Andy Serkis is just brilliant (Although I do sometimes still see Gollum when I see his eyes) the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is and easy-to-watch family film.