“Ape don’t kill ape”
- What is this movie about?
This is the second movie of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy. Suggestion: watch “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” before watching this one, it is really worth it.
Here the story begins 10 years after “Rise”. Humans are almost extinct and the apes have formed a community in the woods nearby San Francisco. They are living a peaceful life until… some humans accidentally find them and a series of events start to happen…
- Why should you (definitely) watch it?
What “Empire Strikes Back” was for “Star Wars” is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. If the other film was of such a good quality, this one if above that. Which is quiet a challenge, considering how many “Planet of the Apes” movies and series are running around….
Best of all, the CGI. All apes and animals in general, seem so real, that sometimes you forget that that is actually a person dressed up in a tight grey suit with sensors all over their body… And no, it’s nothing like those mega blockbusters where the visual effects are all, ejem Michael Bay ejem! The movie has its plot, a plot that connects the previous movie with the next one (yes, there will a be next one, of course!).
There is action, there is confrontation, but above all, there is the same old issue that many movies and series like to exploit but not all of them succeed in it: the fight within oneself and their community, their relationship with others. this movie really know how to do it, it has a good source and it knows how to take advantage of it. Now, I cannot wait to see the next one. Cause there is still plenty of things left unsaid…
Leave whatever you are doing and rise to the dawn, in this instant!!
- Did you know?
– Caesar’s son is named Blue Eyes. This is also the name of Ceaser’s mother and is the name Zira gives Taylor in the original “Planet of the Apes”
– The orangutan that is featured prominently in the film is named Maurice. This is a reference to Maurice Evans, who portrayed the orangutan Dr. Zaius in the original 1968 “Planet of the Apes” film.
– The book that Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) shares with Maurice is Black Hole by Charles Burns. The story is about a sexually transmitted disease among American teenagers that turns them into outcasts. The book had a number of similarities to the Apes narrative, namely the theme of outcasts living in the woods, segregated from everyone else.
– The name of Judy Greer’s character, Cornelia, is most likely a nod to Cornelius, the helpful chimpanzee from “Planet of the Apes” (1968) played by Roddy McDowall.
– Matt Reeves cast Keri Russell as the female lead, fifteen years after giving her most famous role when he cast her as the lead of his TV show Felicity (1998).
– Gary Oldman (Dreyfus) was considered for the role of General Thade in “Planet of the Apes” (2001).
– Terry Notary, who plays Rocket, worked as a movement coach on the original “Planet of the Apes” (2001) remake.
– References: Pokémon (1998) (TV Series)- Two characters named Ash and Rocket (like Ash Ketchum and Team Rocket) and Koba yells to Ash, “We have to catch them all!”