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Film REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) - ★★★★★

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Available on: Disney+

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Based on: Characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Premise suggested by: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Themes: Planet of the Apes, Apocalypse, Sequel

The fragile peace between apes and humans is threatened as mistrust and betrayal threaten to plunge both tribes into a war for dominance over the Earth.

It is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and the second installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise.

The film received highly positive reviews, with praise for Reeves' direction, visual effects, the performances of the cast, Michael Giacchino's score, action sequences, and emotional depth.

The sequel, War for the Planet of the Apes, was released in 2017.




Daniel (Age 12) - ★★★★1/2

"This was a great movie.

The CGI was incredible and the characters were written perfectly. My favourite character was Maurice the orangutang because he was nice to the humans and he was funny. I loved the final scene at the end because of the action and the perfect setting. I think the only thing that would make this movie better would be a bit more action but apart from that this was a great film I could recommend to apocalypse fans and action fans."

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Avengers: Endgame (2019) - #50 - ★★★★★

  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - #164 - ★★★★

  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - #165 - ★★★★

  4. Jurassic World (2015) - #166 - ★★★★

  5. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - #182 - ★★★★

  6. Dune (2021) - #360 - ★★★★

  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - #375 - ★★★★

Dawn is the middle film of the trilogy so worth checking out the other two, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. For more action packed sci-fi thrills check out Avengers: Endgame and Dune. Andy Serkis gives another fantastic motion capture performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The writers had a hand in the Jurassic World movies (more man v creature!) and for more apocalyptic stories check out the new series, The Last of Us.

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