DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - MOVIE REVIEWS -

If 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a game-changer, wait un­til you get a load of the se­quel. Dawn is hell-bent on rack­ing up a record score. Ten years have passed since Simian Flu re­duced mankind to a shadow of its for­mer self. Mean­while, cour­tesy of their leader Cae­sar (Andy Serkis), the apes are evolv­ing. If San Fran­cisco’s re­main­ing hu­mans can jump­start a nearby hy­dro­elec­tric dam, lo­cated deep in­side Cae­sar ter­ri­tory, the road to civil­i­sa­tion will be a lit­tle shorter. The script­ing is sharp and the­mat­i­cally am­bi­tious for an ac­tion-driven film, and the mas­tery of Serkis’ act­ing goes to a new level of emot­ing. A bigticket item for thrill seek­ers and deep thinkers alike.

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