Friday, July 11, 2014

'Apes' Movie Surprises Again

Review of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
Remember the ending credits to Rise of the Planet of the Apes from three years ago? It showed graphics on how a deadly virus was sweeping across America and around the globe. The beginning credits for Dawn of the Planet of theApes begins with those same graphics and then the story is fast-forwarded ten years.

Though technically a sequel, “Dawn” is actually a stand-alone film with only a few of the original cast members from the first movie. It is a whole new story based on the events that happened in the first film. Ten years have passed and the apes are living in peace in their own community that they built in the forest just on the other side of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Their leader is Caesar (Andy Serkis), who is celebrating another son being born to him and his mate, Cornelia (Judy Greer). Some of the primate’s younger generation does not really know about they even got there in the first place and all they really know about humans are legends. It’s been at least two years since any ape has seen a human. Koba (Toby Kebbell) is still angry over the mistreatment he endured by the humans years ago while Caesar still has good memories of the human who smuggled him out of the testing lab and taught him how to read. It is an interesting message on how one can see the same world differently depending on how one is raised.