Review Roundup: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
'The Planet of the Apes' saga continues with 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', which opens today, July 11th. The film is a sequel to 2011's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', which began the reboot of the original 'Planet of the Apes' series.
This time around, things look much gloomier for our fellow humans- few have survived the terrible virus outbreak unleashed on mankind ten years prior. They come to make peace with the ever-growing band of genetically evolved apes lead by Caesar, but the truce is short-lived; soon both species find themselves battling for control of the planet they inhabit.
The film features the acting talents of Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
A.O. Scott, The New York Times: The film is full of small, memorable moments and crowded with distinctive personalities on both sides of the ape-human divide. In other words, it's a satisfying movie and an example - a dispiritingly rare one these days - of what mainstream Hollywood filmmaking can still achieve.
Richard Corliss, Time: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, while not nearly the masterpiece proclaimed by many critics, is certainly a fascinating cross-species: a big-budget summer action fantasy with a sylvan, indie-film vibe, and a war movie that dares ask its audience to root for the peacemakers.
Thomas Patrick, Huffington Post UK: It may lack the heart, focus and surprising poignancy of the original, but it's still a suitably impressive sequel full of outstanding performances and a bold attempt to create something different from the tired blockbuster cliches.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Just when it seemed like blockbusters could never evolve, in rides this extraordinary epic - a towering fable of humanity and brutality that takes a great movie myth and launches it forward.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: There's a good chance you never knew you needed to witness the sight of an angry ape charging on horseback, double-fisting a pair of machine guns. But trust me, you do.
Mark Hughes, Forbes: It's smart, exciting, and visually brilliant, and the most impressive achievement I've seen on film so far this year.
Kofi Outlaw, Screen Rant: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an undeniable one-two punch of a winning movie; it's the type of milestone spectacle film that is a must-see in theaters - it just so happens that it's also one of the best (and awards-worthy) films of the year.
Guy Lodge, Variety: An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," this vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar's troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department, with incoming helmer Matt Reeves conducting the proceedings with more assertive genre elan than "Rise" journeyman Rupert Wyatt.
Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune: Whatever audiences think of it, I'd say the latest "Apes" picture is just that: a solid success, sharing many of its predecessor's swift, exciting storytelling and motion-capture technology virtues, while going its own way in the ongoing tale of life on Earth after a human-made "simian flu" virus has wiped out most of the homo sapiens as well as the simian population.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Gate: It has a few earnest ideas, but they don't go deep enough to matter, and they're slightly in conflict anyway. And as an action movie, it's slow and predictable.