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Lamar's Review- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Machine gun shooting, horse riding, deer hunting, bear killing, name taking, butt whooping, talking monkeys! You can’t get this kind of excitement at the Circ de Soleil! When it comes to the food chain, the opposable thumb definitely moves you up in the rankings. If cows had opposable thumbs we’d all be vegetarians wearing wooden shoes. I confess that I did not under any circumstances want to see this movie. I watched the very first Planet of the Apes with Charleston Heston that was made in 1968 and it creeped me out so bad I gave up banana pudding for 3 days. I caught bits and pieces from a few of the other ones but I didn’t watch another complete Planet of the Apes movie until the one with Mark Walberg in 2001. It was hideous. I swore off all monkey movies except for the ones with Clint Eastwood and Orangutans. I managed to dodge Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 and was trying my best to miss this one. I have to say I’m glad I didn’t and now I have to go back and watch Rise.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes left us with only 1 in 500 humans surviving a virus carried by apes used in drug experiments. The entire world is decimated. Dawn begins 10 years later with a small group of survivors living in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco. The group is led by Dreyfus, played by Gary Oldman, an army guy that hates the apes and blames them for the loss of his family. The settlement is running out of diesel fuel to run their generators and need another source of power. Malcolm, played by Jason Clarke, comes up with an idea of restarting the O’Shaughnessy Dam and power plant up in the mountains. The problem is this is where a colony of Apes lives. The group of apes is led by Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, who learned sign language and actual speech in the Rise movie. Over the ten years the apes have become a peaceful and civilized community that has laws and teaches their children how to read. There is a confrontation but Malcolm and Caesar come to an agreement. Malcom along with a few others are allowed access to the dam. Not all of the apes are happy with the arrangement, especially Koba, played by Toby Kebbell, who was the subject of medical testing by humans whom he hates with a passion. Malcom also has someone on his team that hates apes the same way. Neither leader is able to control their troublemaker’s actions.

Eventually war breaks out but you really don’t pick sides. You are pulling for individuals from both sides and wishing for a peaceful resolution. The special effects and motion capture are as good as it gets. At times the CGI monkeys look more real than the human actors.

130 minutes long, Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and language. It’s a very exciting and thought provoking film.

My Score: 6 Banannas