|Dawn of the
Planet of the Apes|
DIRECTED BY: Matt Reeves
STARRING: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
THE PLOT: The film is a sequel to the successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a group of human survivors of a devastating virus that was 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.
WORTH WATCHING? If the movie resembles anything, it’s a Shakespearean tragedy, with its complex web of allegiances and weighty themes of revenge, mercy, loyalty, and, of course, what it means to be human. It is primarily a visual experience and on that front it’s spectacular and sophisticated.
Both the forest settings and post-apocalyptic San Francisco are rich in detail and atmosphere. .
VERDICT:It may lack its predecessor's lofty ambitions, but once the bullets, spears and hairy fists start flying, you'll be too locked in to care.