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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Alex Southey


The Dawn of the Planet of The Apes is better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes by a wide margin, and most of that comes from their differences. Both movies have helped to revive interest in the original Planet of the Apes (the series from the Sixties) and its one-off reboot attempt with Mark Wahlberg in the early 2000s. With Andy Serkis (“Gollum” from Lord of the Rings) reprising his role of Caesar in Rise, in Dawn takes a step forward. Caesar isn’t in a learning process anymore, he’s learned how to lead and create a self-sufficient community. Community and the struggle for power are the major themes, which reflect not only on the humans in the film, but the humans watching. Continue reading