Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Ryan on July 16, 2014

in Anything Else,Pop Culture

I needed some veg time after finishing up a grad school paper yesterday and found myself going to see a mindless film on a random rainy Tuesday.  Given what’s out right now, I decided to see the 416th (eighth actually) “Planet of the Apes” film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Here’s the trailer:

Surprisingly, while I was looking for mindlessness, I actually watched an allegory about the motivations for war.  The barometer of film reviews, Rotten Tomatoes, noted that Dawn received a 91% positive review rating!  Even Glenn Beck chimed in on the film, reiterating the allegorical look at why people go to war portrayed through the lens of an Apes movie — they have to try to make this franchise fresh somehow, right?

The trailer kind of gives a lot of the plot away, so I won’t spoil any of the surprises it didn’t mention.  However, issues of power, control, politics, revenge, and “the other” echo throughout the film in a way that tells a story about human nature that younger viewers can easily understand and appreciate.  While there’s an anti-gun message imbedded in the film here and there, it’s not enough to get hung up on.

However, there are a lot of apes in this film.  Unlike the first reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the apes are not just side characters, they dominate large swaths of the film.  If your sci-fi sensibilities are average, I’m not sure how you’ll take to the film.  I thought it was a solid B.  As for the casual lay movie goer, I think you may get something out of it too — 91% positive reviews does say something.

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