If there is one reason to watch this Apes Vs Human saga, it definitely would be for Andy Serkis. At this point in our life, we have being accustomed with the fact that no one, simply no one can do what Andy Serkis is capable of. The man literally dons every single motion capture character he has ever played and not only does he play it damn well he fills it with emotions and strength, that it is difficult for us to accept the fact that he is not playing a human.
Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and kicks off not exactly from where we left things but 8 years later. Humans are on the verge of extinction. After leading an uprising in the previous film Caesar (Andy Serkis) now has family , he is also the leader of the apes resistance. While the apes are living a life around in the woods together, they meet a few humans that have survived all that’s wrong with the world. What follows is a film that takes you into twists and turns, not exactly in the way you want it to but slowly and calmly.
I have an issues with most of the films that are sold as blockbusters this year. And if you are following my reviews you would know that it pisses me off when I don’t get a big showdown or things like that. While I was watching the movie I was thinking it would happen again but thankfully the human story and the incredibly emotional screenplay kept me wanting for more. There is a lot of development in the movie, where we are being introduced to both sides of the stories, i.e the humans and the apes. While, the movie’s basic plot in not groundbreaking and it probably is a 10 page manuscript, Matt Reeves’s phenomenal direction takes your breath away. The amount of real emotions he manages to bring out from both humans and the apes is enthralling to say the least.
Of the various points which the film talks about, the social-commentary is basically based on trust. The movie take the very thing to great use, maybe overuses it at a few times but it keeps you invested into the movie. It also points out how important peace is in this world.
The CGI is amazing, the camera-work is thankfully great. Other than Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke who plays the main human strength is great. But by god! Toby Kebbell who plays Koba is absolutely menacing.
Final Verdict: Apes on horses firing shotguns and a very real emotional drama topped off by an incredible Andy Serkis makes Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes a must see movie.