Despite the many Planet of the Apes films that currently exist, I have only seen two of them, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Despite that, I still find it quite easy to enjoy the Planet of the Apes films that I have seen.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about the beginning of the war between the genetically evolved apes and the humans who survived the devastating virus outbreak a few years earlier. All that separates the apes and the humans is one body of water with a bridge. The humans, who have a very limited supply of power left, want to access the power generator on the apes side of the bridge, which is where all the trouble starts.
One thing I found very interesting about this film is the plot. That’s because there are plenty of curve-balls throughout the film to keep it interesting, but they aren’t so ridiculous or out there that it doesn’t make sense or fit in with what’s happening. This film isn’t a short film, running at 130 minutes long, but it doesn’t drag at all, which helps to keep it interesting.
I also really liked the acting, with good performances from all the main actors, particularly Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. I liked that it was easy to identify with each of the characters, even some of the apes, and the performances from each of the actors played a significant part in that. Andy Serkis has yet another mo-cap performance in this film, playing Ceasar the ape, which is something he’s done quite a bit of since playing Gollum in Peter Jacksons’ The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Overall, I think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an interesting film, with a good plot and some great performances. Even if you haven’t seen all the Planet of the Apes films, it’s easy to recommend you see it.