Latest 'Planet of the Apes' movie goes beyond action film
Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” rated PG-13, and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.
Some people may purchase a ticket to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to see the special effects or the action and adventure.
The cost of your ticket will also get you the chance to think about the theme of whom you can rely on in life whether it is a member of your family, a friend, a neighbor or co-workers. This theme is explored in both the human and ape characters in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Andy Serkis gets top billing in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” as the character Caesar, whom we met in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred James Franco.
In that earlier film, we meet Caesar as a newborn chimpanzee whose intelligence has been increased because of the experimental drug given to his mother while she was pregnant with him. Franco’s character raises Caesar in the earlier film. Caesar then exposes other apes to the drug and as a group, the apes flee across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the woods.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” begins with the grim explanation that the virus introduced to humans in the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” has taken many lives.
Meanwhile, Caesar and the other apes are living and thriving in their own forest community and Caesar has become a father to a second son.
Trouble begins when humans venture into the woods to restart power at a dam in hopes of providing electricity to their San Francisco community where surviving humans, including a character played by Gary Oldman, have gathered together.
The initial confrontation between the humans and the apes does not go well. Caesar attempts to resolve things without violence, but the theme of whom you can trust — mentioned earlier — comes back into play.
I was entertained by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which managed to make me care about Caesar and his community and family members in addition to human characters played by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.
John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art. Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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