Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Jason Clarke
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Running Time: 124 minutes (approx.)
Release Date: 24 November 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2012).
In the year 2026 a deadly retro virus has accidently been released into the community wiping out most of the human population worldwide. The virus has been mistakenly blamed on apes.
A group of survivors in San Francisco are fast running out of power and need to find a new power source so head into the woods to try and resurrect a dam to supply their community with power. They stumble across a group of highly intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) and a fragile peace agreement is put in place. But there are members of each community that are unable to trust each other and a failed assassination attempt on Caesar is the start of war between the 2 species.
Overall, Dawn is an excellent and enjoyable sequel with some great special effects exploring the natural mistrust between the 2 species and their leader’s attempts to just get along.
Although at times the plot is slow moving it is a thoroughly enjoyable action thriller.
RRP: £6.99 (DVD), £9.99 (Blu-ray)
Available to buy from Amazon here.