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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Movie Review

(Director: Matt Reeves)

The sequel to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' ends up being thrilling, visually captivating and superior to its predecessor in almost every way. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the stories of the characters from 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', such as Caesar (played by Andy Serkis) and Koba (played by Toby Kebbell) and does a great job giving more depth to each character. While also introducing new human characters, such as Malcolm (played by Jason Clarke) and Dreyfus (played by Gary Oldman) that go well with the story. The characters in this movie are compelling because they're multi-dimensional, with both humans and apes having understandable motives and complex relationships. The characters are portrayed with depth, empathy and nuance making them relatable and engaging for the audience. The editing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is another highlight in the movie as well. The editing throughout the film ends up being great as it maintains a perfect balance between action sequences and character driven moments, ensuring that the story unfolds at a compelling pace. The editing does well with the tension-building between Caesar and Koba and the apes and humans in the movie as it heightens tension during key moments of conflict. The visual effects in the movie is another highlight that makes the editing great. The use of motion capture technology brings the apes to life with incredible realism, allowing for nuanced performances from the actors. Director Matt Reeves expertly crafts a visually stunning film that immerses viewers into the movie and jolts the experience through numerous great shots, and this is why the Directing & Cinematography is another highlight in the movie. The Cinematography also does great capturing both the beauty and the brutality of the post-apocalyptic world, with sweeping shots of the lush forest, juxtaposed with scenes of destruction and conflict. The film's visual storytelling enhances the emotional impact of the narrative, making it a standout in the science fiction genre. The Action/Drama throughout the movie helps with making the movie a standout as well as it doesn't turn out to cliche. The film delivers some exhilarating action sequences that showcase the prowess of the genetically evolved apes. From intense battles to thrilling chases. The Action ends up being visually stunning as it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. And when it comes to the Drama, the movie displays why it's a character-driven drama. At its core, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a story about complex characters grappling with moral dilemmas and interpersonal conflicts. The Drama unfolds organically for the most part with each character facing their own internal struggles and external challenges. The film explores themes of empathy, survival, trust, coexistence and the consequences of violence, adding layers of depth to the narrative. The Drama in the film also raises questions about the nature of humanity, the impact of prejudice and the possiblity of finding common ground amidst difference. And this is why the Plot/Story of the movie is good and ends up one of the driving forces in making the film great. From the believable tension between the humans and the apes and the authentic tension between Caesar and Koba. So in all, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes so an upgrade from its predecessor as it leads with the great performances and great visual effects among other things.

Joshua Freeman (5.9.2024)

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