“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

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MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: Two nights ago, I went to the theater to catch a movie I’ve been wanting to see called “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” which stars Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Adventures of Tintin), Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby (2013), Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (Robocop (2014), The Dark Knight), Keri Russell (Waitress, August Rush), Toby Kebbell (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, RocknRolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, The Road), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe, Oz), Nick Thurston (White Irish Drinkers, Not for Human Consumption), Terry Notary (The Incredible Hulk, Planet of the Apes (2001)), Karin Konoval (2012, Alone in the Dark), and Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, What Women Want). This movie is the sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” as well as a prequel movie to the “Planet of the Apes” franchise along with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” In this movie, we find that almost a decade has gone by since “Rise” and most of the human population on Earth has died off due to violence and the disease that was spread in the movie before this known as the ALZ-113 virus. Apes are immune though and have grown in their population and have become smarter than before with Caesar (Serkis) as their leader. When the last bit of civilization in San Francisco is running out of power, the leader Dreyfus (Oldman) sends a small team to go to a dam through the Muir Woods so that they can take out a blockage and restore the power. The only problem is that the apes live in the Muir Woods. Things end up getting out of hand for a man named Malcolm (Clarke) and his small team when one of their people named Carver (Acevedo) shoots an ape. Caesar tells them to leave, but because they need that power, the humans have to reason with the apes in some way. Malcolm wants only peace with the apes while Dreyfus is ready to start a war to kill all the apes once and for all. I thought that this movie was great with killer story writing, mind-blowing special effects including the CGI to make the apes, awesome action scenes (which were a lot more than the first film), and fantastic acting (props go to Serkis for his amazing work). This movie is definitely better than “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” for me and it sets a bar for the “Planet of the Apes” series in general. More good things about this movie would be that they had a few jump-scares which really surprised me and they left the ending to where they will continue this prequel franchise. Cons of this movie though would be that it tended to drag in some areas and in cases you can correctly expect what can happen throughout the movie. Other than those, I really had a great time with this movie and I recommend any “Planet of the Apes” fan to watch it! FINAL SCORE: 92%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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