Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

By Andrew Li

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a much anticipated sequel to the popular Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The movie takes place about a decade after the first movie. Caesar (the main ape) and his tribe are thriving while the humans on earth are on the verge of extinction. A small group from a nearby human colony stumbled upon a couple of young apes. Out of fear they shot one of them, leading to Caesar and his tribe learning of human existence nearby. The human colony is lacking electricity in their town and wants to use a dam located next to Caesar’s tribe as a power source. Koba (Caesar’s 2nd in command) wants to wage war against these humans that wounded his fellow ape, but Caesar being quite fond of humans allows them access to the dam. Koba goes on a mission to sabotage the agreement between the humans and Caesar.

It’s hard to find a dislikable character in this movie. You even feel for Koba, who was the “villain” of the movie. If you saw the first one, you would have seen how Koba was tortured by humans, leaving countless scars all over his body. So his hatred is kind of understandable. With these characters, it isn’t just black and white, the villain falls into a grey area. It makes the movie a little more complex. The real star, though, is obviously Caesar. I don’t really know how to describe him; he’s just kind of a boss. It’s dope seeing how much power he has over other apes, every single one of them respect and admire him. They literally do whatever he says. His fights with Koba form an audience, except the audience just sits and marvels at them. It’s like they can’t believe Koba has the balls to oppose Caesar. With all his power, you’d expect Caesar to become corrupt, but he doesn’t. It’s admirable, he cares so much about the well being of his tribe and everything he does is for the betterment of them. Every character is likeable in this movie, and I think it’s a big part of why it’s so good.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes deserves a solid 8 out of 10 stars. You won’t regret watching it.


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