The latest chapter in the classic series is a master class in CGI cinema with a truly moving story at its heart…The summer’s stand-out offering!
The hope of a good sequel is to match its predecessor but the skill of a great one is to surpass it entirely – enter Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
With humanity ravaged by Simian Flu, spread at the end of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his group of genetically modified apes have now forged a society of their own.
But when a colony of human survivors led by engineer Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and solider Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) stumble upon them war between the two fledgling groups seems inventible as both fights for survival.
A gripping story realised with the help of groundbreaking Motion-capture technology (as advanced as the apes it helped create on screen) DOTPOTA is a fantastic achievement.
Plotwise – it’s Primate prime-time with Caesar and co given centre stage.
Pushing the human leads somewhat into the background acts as a masterstroke, allowing the audience time to develop an understanding with the apes and their plight.
Coupled with Matt Reeve’s direction who wonderfully captures the chimps nature and makes his furry cast, despite only an infrequent scattering of dialogue always engaging and relatable.
Though it’s Serkis as the ape leader who takes MVP!
A pioneer in this field of filmmaking, he commands the screen in perhaps his best shift in the green leotard so far. From fearsome displays of strength to breathtakingly real moments of pain.
His performance is simply remarkable – epitomised in two stunning close-ups of Caesar’s eyes that bookend the film.
But DOTPOTA isn’t just Avatar shot as a nature documentary, not a chance!
Some brutal action, heart-wrenching scenes and accomplished turns from Clarke and Oldman make for searing drama throughout.
Both a wonderful adventure and an industry touchstone in how to really do Blockbusters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not to be missed!