Rick Jaffa pens his prequel to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and brings along new Director Matt Reeves too, as they formulate their latest film – DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

A deadly virus has killed off most of the human population of earth, and for the past decade, no human life has been seen.  A colony of chimpanzees and other primates, who have learned to communicate through sign language, minimal sound projection and sometimes the spoken “human word, are now inhabiting earth and are quite comfortable in the fact that are free of humans, as they go about their daily lives.

When a group of humans, led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and Elli (Keri Russell) is discovered by Koba (Toby Kebbell), he heads back to alert the colony and their leader Caesar (Andy Serkis), who is less alarmed by this announcement that Koba thinks he should be.  Caesar goes to check out these humans, and where they have come from…..

Malcolm is alarmed by their discovery of “talking apes” too, but insists on trying to communicate with them to explain the reason for their being in the area – which is that their “human colony” is running out of fuel and the primates are living on an old damn that was designed to generate power.  Caesar believes the humans and their reasoning for converging on the ape colonies land and allows them to work on the damn to restore power.  Koba is extremely angry at Caesar’s acceptance of these “Beasts”, who he has encountered before, as he still bares the scares from his last encounter with them many moons ago. 

Will Malcolm and his team be able to restore the damn to save the other humans?  Will Caesar’s acceptance of the human race bring him admiration or contempt from his fellow primates?  Or will Koba decide to take matters into his own hands, staking claim to HIS primate kingdom once and for all?

I give DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES a D – Having seen ALL Of the Planet of the Apes movies – yes, I remember watching the original PLANET OF THE APES starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall with my father, – and remember his amazement of the “Talking Apes” in 1968 – maybe that is why this film just didn’t hit the mark for me.  I viewed it in 3D – but even that effect didn’t bring to life the apes as I was envisioning, and the story line was so mundane that I found myself practically falling asleep through portions of the film. The only glimpse of enjoyment for me was when I was questioning every aspect of the plot – like the fact that the humans are running out of energy and ammunition is scarce, yet we practice with machine guns for days, in anticipation of a possible war with the apes…..now wouldn’t you save those bullets just in case……I’m just saying…….I wanted to enjoy this film, and the actors that brought the humans and the apes “to life”, but sadly, this film is one of those I can’t tell you to go see…….

Kathy Kaiser


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