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Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Three stars

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the latest in a series of modern Hollywood action reboots, which aim to transform a campy and droll movie into a gloomy and serious film. The Dark Knight trilogy helped set the precedent for this recent cinematic trend, as Christopher Nolan swapped out caricature villains with dubious motivations for twisted and tortured souls bent on revenge, and exchanged "Holy smokes, Batman!" exclamations with dark, philosophical orations. "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves' latest film, the second in a series of prequels to the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes," follows Nolan's lead. In the original film, based off Pierre Boulle's "La Planète des singes," talking primates carry firearms, ride on horseback and appear in other scenarios designed to at least partially amuse viewers. In "Dawn," we also see apes talk while carrying guns on horseback, but their glowering faces are menacing.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Saw this today. Of the newer "Planet of the Ape" movies, I think this is probably the best one.

Still, somehow, for me anyway, I like the first "Planet Of The Apes" movie with Charlton Heston best. Nothing anyone does in a movie is going to make a talking ape look realistic, and the more computer precise they get the weirder it seems to get for me. I liked the ridiculous ape suits and found it easier to suspend my disbelief with the more fantastic story of the first movie.

The more human acting and a more science fiction plot of the original, not to mention the "shocking" conclusion. Having seen it when it came out it really had an effect, like 2001: A Space Odyssey before it. The new movies just seem trite and over the top, always predictably packed with as much action and violence as possible. Still, this movie is not bad, I think driven by the lead actor who was not a crazy mad scientist or action adventure hero type.


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