Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves – 2014) B

For a film that devotes about as much time to talking apes as it does to humans, this could’ve been very silly. This essentially documents the start of the ape/human war in San Francisco. Human numbers have been greatly reduced by the “flu” that takes off at the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and apes are getting more evolved living in the redwood forests. Friction between the two groups occurs when the humans attempt to fix a power plant on a dam in the ape territory. The film is more complex than that and does a good job in developing believable ape characters. These characters, namely Caesar and Koba,  become instrumental in the power struggle that is at the heart of the movie.

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