With the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes swinging into theaters on July 11th, I think we've probably seen all we're likely to see from the sequel to the surprisingly successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
We've had trailers, TV spots and now clips, but perhaps most importantly of all we've got the first reviews and.... (drum roll please) they're pretty good! Here are some of the choice reviews and quotes below:
Manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without let-up for two hours, seriously improve on a very good first entry in a franchise and produce a powerful humanistic statement using a significantly simian cast of characters. In the annals of sequels, Dawn is to Rise of the Planet of the Apes what The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars—it’s that much better.
An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar’s troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department, with incoming helmer Matt Reeves conducting the proceedings with more assertive genre elan than “Rise” journeyman Rupert Wyatt.
The script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback is about what violence does to communities, so while it is indeed an action film at times, and there are some thrillingly staged sequences that director Matt Reeves has imagined, I found myself actively rooting against any action in the film simply because I cared about all the characters enough that I didn't want to see any of them, human or ape, end up in harm's way, and it's obvious from early in the film that things are not going to end well.
You still will not be prepared for the scope, intelligent vision and accomplishment (both technical and emotional) of the superior, intense, terrifying, exhilarating and altogether spectacular sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Though we are only two moves in to this reconfigured Apes franchise – and we have a long way to go before reaching the point of introduction that occurred way back in 1968 – its evident that there is ample life and innovative storytelling in the Apes series, which should pave the way for a bleak but creatively bright future.
The sequel to sci-fi franchise reboot Rise Of The Planet of the Apes is heavier on ape-vs-human action than its predecessor and lighter on the kind of intimate drama that three years ago made the reboot a surprisingly affecting late summer hit. As such, the relatively generic Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is less emotionally resonant than Rise but possibly better equipped - especially with the addition of 3D - to fill its role as a midsummer box office earner aimed particularly at the international market.
I have to admit, although I was impressed by some of what I saw in the trailers, I did always have a sneaking suspicion at the back of my mind that [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904) might be a disappointing sequel. The success of the original was so unexpected, I wondered if studio execs had thrown their dirty hands into the mix in the hope of generating higher revenue. Although talk of a toned down emotional element is a little bit disconcerting, for the most part I think I was wrong to be so cynical.
Will you bee seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on opening weekend?
Will you be there on opening weekend?