Action Movies Science Fiction

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes: Not great but mildly entertaining

Dawn of The Planet of The ApesDawn of The Planet of The Apes by Matt Reeves on Blu-ray
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

As a sci-fi fan this movie was one of those must-see movies for me. I have to say that I was not having the highest of expectations on it though and I also have to say that my expectations was more or less met. To me this is a mildly entertaining movie but it is certainly not a great movie.

The special effects with the apes are very good indeed. The apes look very much real and I was surprised at how much emotions that the special effects people managed to get into their facial expressions. The human actors also did a quite good job…within the limitations of the script of course.

However, the previous movie felt reasonably new, fresh and original (although it was fairly predictable) while this movie just feels like a rehash of some fairly standard, thirteen on a dozen, post-apocalyptic story with some apes thrown in to make it stand out. I really do not understand why so many people seems to think so highly of this movie. It is the all too common catalogue of stupid behaviors and sadly enough the apes seems to have inherited plenty of stupid behaviors from the humans.

It starts of with the usual scared-trigger-happy-idiot-shoots someone. In this case an ape of course. How many times have that boring excuse for kick starting the story been used? Then it pretty much goes on. The only mildly intelligent people in the town seems to be the Malcolm and Dreyfus. The two morons wasting ammunition on firing at a old car and drinking Whisky as well as the original idiot who tried to hide a gun deserved to be shot.

The only somewhat intelligent part was when the captured apes turned over a bus and took a bunch of their adversaries with them. The movie was indeed very predictable. The only thing that elevated the movie above the level of downright boring was the fact that half of the characters were apes and, luckily as I wrote, those special effects were very well done.

The blurb from Twentieth Century Fox states that “…both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”. Well yes I guess that you cannot say that this is a downright lie but it is definitely a bunch of hyperbole to sell the movie. Come on, we are talking about a very limited group of apes, badly decimated as well, against the rest of the surviving humanity, which obviously have some modern facilities left and a war that is more or less just assumed will happen.

A mildly entertaining movie but certainly not a great movie.

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