Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Year of Release: 2014

Directed By: Matt Reeves

Music By: Michael Giacchino

Related to/Remake of: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes (sequel)

Starring: Andy Serkis (as Caesar), Toby Kebbell (as Koba), Jason Clarke (as Malcolm), Nick Thurston (as Blue Eyes), Karin Konoval (as Maurice), Gary Oldman (Dreyfus), Keri Russell (as Ellie), Terry Notary (as Rocket), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (as Alexander)

Basic Plot: Ten years after the outbreak of the ALZ-113 virus, humanity has been all but wiped out.  Led by Caesar (the main character from Rise of the Planet of the Apes), a group of highly intelligent and advanced apes living in the forests outside of San Francisco, CA have been developing their own society.  When a group of humans arrives in the forest, looking for a way to repair a hydro-electric dam in an effort to generate power at their compound, Caesar must decide whether helping out the humans will endanger the safety of his fellow apes.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: The CGI/Motion-capture technology on display is amazing.  Andy Serkis deserves consideration by the Academy of Motion Pictures for his incredible work here.  The screenwriter and director deserve kudos for not focusing too much unnecessary time on the humans, and for giving ample screentime to the main attraction: the apes.

Cons: Nothing to really complain about.

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