Dawn breaks the mould
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ( M)
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