Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2014 and the trailers, posters and viral marketing campaign have teased and intrigued, drip-feeding us glimpses of this brutal post-apocalyptic world.
A new trailer is set to drop during the Super Bowl, promising more awesome ape action. With that in mind, here are three things I want to see in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Super Bowl trailer.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes climaxed with a huge simian vs human hoedown on the Golden Gate Bridge which was both brutal and spectacular. But the battle was primal, the apes using their rage and brute strength to overpower the humans. In the new trailer, I want to see it taken up a notch, to see Caesar and his band of warriors show more cunning and intelligence in battle. I want to see an organized ape army.
All Hail Caesar
Speaking of the main man (or chimpanzee), I loved the slow reveal of Caesar in the first trailer. I didn't think it was possible, but the CGI work looks to be even more 'jaw on the floor awesome' than the work done on Rise. I still hold out that Andy Serkis deserved more recognition for his tender-turned-tyrant portrayal of Caesar in the first movie, so I'm really looking forward to seeing him take it to the next level in Dawn.
One nagging doubt I have is the whole notion of talking apes. The success of Dawn lies in the credibility of the voice work done on Caesar and his gang. If the talking apes sound and look ridiculous, the whole movie could fall flat. Hopefully we get a couple of lines of primate dialogue in the Super Bowl trailer to dispel these fears.
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The Humans are Dead
Sadly James Franco's Will Rodman won't be returning for the sequel, presumably a victim of the pandemic that has swept the globe.
But in Franco's absence, Dawn has assembled a talented cast, including Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Jason Clarke. While we caught a brief glimpse of the human protagonists in the first full-length trailer, it was all very fleeting and desponent. Hopefully the Super Bowl spot will focus on the human side as much as the apes, so we can get a feel for their story.
Plus I really want to want to see Jason Clarke punch a primate. So hopefully that happens.