Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Simply A Masterpiece
Purely Joyful Movie!
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
Dawn of the planet of the apes "NO!" "GO!" "NO!" Seriously, the Planet of the Apes trilogy is awesome. This film is the weakest of the three but still great. This one should have been called "War for the Planet of the Apes"; the marketing team dropped the ball on that one.
Has Acevedo ever played a character that didn't die? THAT is predictability that is funny! Suck it Shyamalan! Dawn has excellent FX, great action, some so-so eye candy (not Teresa Palmer good, but hey) AND, as predicted, it brings the funny. This might deserve higher than a 7 but being sandwiched in between 2 better movies is going to cause it to suffer in the comparison. This is watchable every 2 - 3 years.
A poignant and dark, post-apocalyptic epic with exceptional acting, phenomenal cinematography, and ground-breaking visual effects.Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Karin Konoval, and Jason Clarke lend their incredible acting talent to Matt Reeves' wonderful direction and writing, and Michael Seresin's outstanding cinematography. They create a rich, detailed world of loss and yearning and create immense tension between the humans and apes. The characters are so well- written and instantly create an emotional connection with the audience. Caesar is easily one of my favorite movie characters of all time and the same goes for Koba. Dawn is an incredibly deep and enthralling masterpiece about apes that's surprisingly human.10/10**Took me several viewings to fully appreciate Dawn**
After the ending of the first film, I was hoping they would make a sequel so that we could see where the story would go next, luckily in 2014 we got exactly that, and it didn't disappoint. When I heard that Wyatt was retiring as a director in this franchise, I got a bit nervous because whenever you change directors within a franchise, I can either work really well or really bad, but then I heard that they hired Matt Reeves to direct the sequel, the same man who directed Cloverfield and Let Me In, that gave me a bit more confidence in the sequel. Matt Reeves did one heck of a job directing this movie, is stunning, the cinematography is just beautiful. Andy Serkis is once again great as Caesar and Toby Kebbell was also fantastic as Koba, once again the human characters played by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, while giving good performances, the writing of their characters never made them as interesting as the apes, but that is also because the people playing the apes are that good. I really like the story and how is executed, a lot of things you'd think would be predictable in a movie like this, are done in ways you wouldn't expect. I really think Dawn is up there with T2 and The Dark Knight as one of those few sequels that don't just live up to it's predecessor, it excels it.