ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Can't We All Just Get Along?

July 11, 2014 7:13 PM

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I was originally pretty suspicious of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, especially after Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 reboot and the overall campiness of the original films. But as I watched Rise, I soon became enthralled by the world and mind of Caesar, the CG technology that made him look so real, and the groundbreaking performance of Andy Serkis that brought him to life. But to adapt a line from Jerry Maguire, the apes didn't truly have me at "hello", but at another, more powerful word, "No!", as in the first word Caesar shouts. Not only was this word an act of long-awaited defiance, a declaration of freedom, and a call for revolution, but it made me think of the original Planet of the Apes and the roadmap it provides for this reboot, eventually leading to a world of intelligent, talking apes while humans have been reduced to non-speaking beasts of burden due to a catastrophe of their own making. Caesar's shout is probably my favorite movie moment in the past ten years.

So I was thrilled to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest chapter of a true rarity -- a big-budget summer franchise imbued not only with cutting-edge visual effects, but with a tremendous amount of soul and thought meant to illustrate the follies of mankind and its disregard for the natu...

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