Dawn breaks the mould

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ( M)

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IDirec­tor : Matt Reeves ( Clover­field) Star­ring : Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Ja­son Clarke, Gary Old­man, Keri Rus­sell F 2011’ s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a game- changer, just wait un­til you get a load of the se­quel. Look­ing back on Rise, it was fi rst and fore­most a sci- fi pic­ture. If you’re look­ing for­ward to Dawn, be aware you’ll be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a war pic­ture – and a sur­pris­ingly deep, scrupu­lously rea­soned one at that.

Ten years have passed since the dreaded simian fl u swept the globe and re­duced mankind to a shadow of its for­mer self.

While what’s left of hu­man­ity hud­dles to­gether in­side bru­tally ba­sic refugee strongholds dot­ted here and there, the apes are evolv­ing from strength to strength.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of es­teemed ide­o­logue Cae­sar ( Andy Serkis), the apes can now com­mu­ni­cate at speed us­ing a so­phis­ti­cated sign lan­guage. Some of them have the abil­ity to grunt out a per­fectly leg­i­ble form of English.

Work­ing tribal com­mu­ni­ties have been es­tab­lished, bring­ing to­gether a wide ar­ray of pri­mate species. As a fi ght­ing force, the apes are de­vel­op­ing strate­gic brains to match their su­pe­rior brawn on the bat­tlefi eld.

The in­tense ac­tion com­po­nent of Dawn boils down to a confl ict tak­ing place in and around the moss- cov­ered ru­ins of a me­trop­o­lis that was once San Fran­cisco.

A rag­tag hu­man mili­tia needs elec­tric­ity to guar­an­tee its on­go­ing sur­vival. If they can jump­start a nearby hy­dro­elec­tric dam, lo­cated deep in­side ter­ri­tory con­trolled by Cae­sar and his fol­low­ers, then mankind’s long road back to civil­i­sa­tion will be­come just that lit­tle bit shorter.

While a benev­o­lent, prag­matic- think­ing Cae­sar is pre­pared to al­low the hu­mans a shot at plug­ging back into the grid, an en­emy in­side his own ranks would rather short- cir­cuit ape- hu­man re­la­tions back to the bad old days.

There can be no deny­ing just how im­pres­sive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is from be­gin­ning to end.

Much has al­ready been made of the fran­chise’s su­perb use of ground- break­ing per­for­mance- cap­ture tech­nol­ogy to fl esh out its simian char­ac­ters.

While Serkis is an ac­knowl­edged mas­ter in this rapidly de­vel­op­ing fi eld, his abil­ity to have Cae­sar emote a vast spec­trum of feel­ings and re­ac­tions through­out this fi lm is con­sis­tently breath­tak­ing.

The script­ing is sharp and the­mat­i­cally am­bi­tious for an ac­tion- driven pro­duc­tion. The per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal fl ash­points Dawn can of­ten gen­er­ate ei­ther side of the ape- hu­man di­vide are un­fail­ingly cred­i­ble and com­pelling.

So whether you at­tend this movie as a deep thinker or a thrill- seeker, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is go­ing to deliver ev­ery­thing you want.

Now show­ing at Vil­lage Cin­e­mas

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