The first film, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in my mind was OK. Nothing particularly thrilled me or made me love the film. However this sequel is amazing and in my opinion better than the first. This sequel sees the humans – after fighting the virus and then each other – trying to survive with the apes living over the other side of the bridge. The film moves swiftly looks at the humans lifestyle and the apes’ too and how a group of humans try to connect with the apes in order keep the human’s facilities and power working…though things don’t work out so perfectly.
Oh and the apes on horses takes a while for the mind to process it all in and accept it.
What is great about this film is that it really easily expresses to you the chemistry, emotions and actions the apes have (either with themselves or the humans) without having to use dialogue. The plot and confrontation between the group of apes is incredible and makes you feel with the animals – especially at one moment with Caesar as he speaks to his tribe (but I won’t spoil it). If the Oscars accepted giving nominations to people who play and act as CGI characters, I am sure Andy Serkis would get an Oscar for playing Caesar. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is tense, powerful and very though-provoking, with a splash of action here and there.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: 7.2/10