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It's probably going to sound odd to say that a movie about talking… More It's probably going to sound odd to say that a movie about talking apes that ride horses is Shakespearean but that is exactly the kind of movie that Director Matt Reeves gives us in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. 'Dawn' brings us back to the world that was created in Rise of the Planet of the apes except years have now passed and the Simian Flu that began in the first film has wiped out a large swath of humanity, and we in fact spend the majority of our time with the apes who have made a home for themselves in the forests of Southern California. The apes are clearly developing a society at a rudimentary level and talk of not having seen human for a very long time. Of course this all changes when a group of humans goes looking to start an hydro-electric dam in the hopes of giving their small colony some power and perhaps a lifeline to other survivors. Things tend to fall apart from there despite good intentions. The large chunk of the problems comes from a human named Carver who is basically a stand in for the stereotypical American idiot who blames the apes for what happened instead of....you know....the human scientists that created the drug in the first place. The other issues come from Koba an ape from the first movie who has a distinct hatred for human after all of the testing and torture they put him through. In a way 'Dawn' is telling a story about being close minded, but the main story is really and truly about Koba and Caesar. And there is where we get our Shakespeare from. Brotherhood and betrayal are on the menu for these two and Toby Kebbell and Andy Serkis deliver a masterful performance. Once again Serkis shows us that even though his true face is hidden behind digitization.....it....just.......doesn't.....matter.... The performance shows through, he deserves an award nomination. Gary Oldman is perhaps the biggest name in the movie, and while he does get one really solid moment in the movie and is otherwise fine.......it was kind of a waste of Gary Oldman. Jason Clarke filled the James Franco role for this movie playing the level headed human counterpart to Caesar. Franco's character from the first film is actually seen via video camera footage when Caesar returns to his childhood home but no other reference to him is made. Outside of that the film looks fantastic and the most impressive design elements were easily the apes home village and of course.....the apes themselves. This movie doesn't work is the visual effects don't work and boy do they ever work. I was blown away by the work that was done in the first film, and I am only further astounded by the second attempt. Of course you get reminded of the fantasy when apes start riding horses, firing guns, or speaking English. But when they are in their natural habitat just looking about you can't really tell the difference between reality and fantasy and that speaks to the artistry of the visual effects team. All in all this is a huge improvement over a film that I didn't think could be improved upon. The acting, the visuals, the action, and the story all come together to make one of the better science fiction films in a long time.
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