Dawn Of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is eighth installment in the Planet of the Apes series. The original Planet of the Apes film was released in 1968. It is the direct sequel to the 2011 film Rise Of the Planet of the Apes which starred James Franco. James Franco and Rupert Wyatt are not the part of the sequels. However James Franco Appeared in a cameo scene in the film.

Director – Matt Reeves
Star Cast – Gary Oldman > Dreyfus
Andy Serkis > Caesar (the Leader of Apes)
Jason Clarke > Malcolm
Keri Russell > Ellie
Judy Greer > Cornelia (One of the Apes)
Kodi Smit-McPhee > Son of Malcolm
Screenplay Writer – Rick Jaffa | Amanda Silver
Run-Time – 126 Minutes
Release Date – 11th July 2014
Genre – Action | Drama | Sci Fi
FilmSchoolWTF Rating – 4.5 Out of 5

Plot of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The story of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes begins a decade after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. First-Ape/Leader Caesar is living peacefully with a whole new generation of genetically evolved apes. The human world on the other hand has turned upside down due to a deadly virus named ALZ-113. It is not long that the Human find out about the genetically advanced apes. A Final Battle Between Human And Apes ensues which decides the fate of our Planet.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer

Dawn Of the Planet of the Apes Budget and Box Office Collection

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was made on a budget of around $93 Million. However Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has costed around $170 million to the producers. The filming locations were same as the original film. Most of the film was shot on Canadian Town Campbell River (Vancouver). Several scenes were shot at New Orleans. The film is expected to make a revenue of around $500 Million at the box office. Til Now the film has grossed more than $270 Million on box office.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Generally Sequels fails to match (or even surpass) the excellence of original films. Luckily this installment of Planet of the Apes series is far above its predecessors. The original 1968 film built a huge fan base but sadly a lot of fans lost their faith in the series after the first sequel. The reboot of the series in 2011 worked well and critics praised Rupert Wyatt and James Franco chemistry. However when the sequel was announced with a new director then critics were doubting if it will be able to repeat the same magic. Amazingly Matt Reeves has not only managed to save the series but to build a new generation fan base that is already more than excited for the third film in the series.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was introduced as the prequel to the original 1968 film. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an intermediary between the first film and the events that occurred in the 1968 movie. However there is still a lot of space for a third and may be a fourth film. Matt Reeves has brilliantly showcased his directing prowess while Mark Bomback must be praised for keeping up the thrill of tension among human and apes while commenting on the morals of modern society.

However it was not just these two men who made ‘Dawn’ the second best of the series but it was also Andy ‘Caesar’ Serkis who showed us how motion capturing is also a form of acting. Serkis’ portrayal of ape leader Caesar is the life of the film. He took the film to the next level and totally shadowed over the human characters. Toby Kebbel’s portrayal of Koba is also a memorable part. Among the Human, Jason Clarke surely impressed the audience. However i was a bit depressed to see that Gary Oldman was given a much smaller role.

While Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was able to impress the audience it would be interesting to see what the Apes team have for us in the next film/s.