A new review from The Movie Snob.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (B). I liked this movie’s predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a lot, and although this one isn’t as good I still thought it was a solid piece of sci-fi-action cinema. (If you haven’t seen Rise, this review does contain spoilers.)
So, the plague that was unleashed at the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes has done its work, killing something like 99.8% of the world’s human population. Several years have passed, and the intelligent apes have built a civilization in the Muir Woods. They haven’t seen a human in two years—and suddenly, some humans appear in their domain. Some plague survivors have banded together in the ruins of San Francisco, and their sources of power are running low. So a small party, led by the wise Malcolm (Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty) has gone into the woods to see about possibly restarting a hydroelectric plant in a dam—deep in ape territory. Head ape Caesar (motion-capture work by Andy Serkis, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) is still the leader of the apes, but the suspicious and vengeful Koba seems to want war with the humans. And some humans return the sentiment. I thought it was a perfectly good movie, but it didn’t really grab me the way the first one did. It should be showing up in the dollar theaters soon, if you want to catch it on the big screen.