Dawn of the Planet of the Apes a riveting tale told smartly, with characters who are relatable and authentic (as far as talking apes go).
It’s 10 years after the events in Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and Humans are no longer running things. Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the new leader and his performance is extraordinary. In this sequel, apes and humans meet again and it doesn’t go very well, leading to an uneasy alliance that leads to betrayal and inevitably all-out war. There are touching moments, and the CGI apes are done with such realism it’s almost hard to tell they’re not real.
Dawn is much better than the first film which was rather boring. But it was necessary in order to give a background to the buildup of tension, misunderstandings and tragedies that make the second one great to watch.
Although I enjoyed Dawn, there seemed to be something off to me. The action and special effects are terrific as are the performances, but the story did not touch me as I would have hoped. Still a very good sequel worth watching. I’m curious to see where they take the series from here. I don’t think this series has ever seen this much popularity amongst the mainstream audiences.