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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is smarter than your average gorilla

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Sequels. They are a part of our movie going life and will be until the end of human kind. Some sequels are good, some are garbage and others are just "there." "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is one of the good ones and also one that can spark a lot of debate,long after the movie has ended.

At the end of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the other genetically enhanced apes,escaped into the wood outside of San Francisco as a deadly virus was about to be unleashed into the population. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" takes place many years later where the virus has wiped out most of the human race. Meanwhile, the apes have developed their own society and live in peace, until humans tart creeping into their world. What will happen when these two civilizations collide?

It may sound odd to say this about a movie revolving around intelligent primates, but "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is a very smart movie. Director Matt Reeves and the writers weave together a deeply layered plot that does not go in the direction you might imagine. The movie takes its time re-introducing Caesar to the audience and the world he has helped create. They also do the same to show what has become of the people living in a post-Simian Flu world that includes Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. The movie is not slow, it builds.

Even though the humans can see that apes like Caesar can now talk, many of them have the attitude towards them that they are "Just animals" and that justifies any action they may take towards them. That is a mentality many people have today. If you see a commercial for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" the next commercial might be one of those that shows a number of abused cats and dogs. A sad reason these pets find themselves at the end of that abuse is that their human owners don't see them anything more than "Just an animal." One point of debate that can also come from this movie is will apes that are "developed" start to take on some human traits?

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is worth seeing, especially if you were a fan of the previous movie, but you should by NO MEANS EVER pay the extra money to see it in 3D! This warning may not apply to many people because it seems that fewer and fewer people are going out to see a movie in 3D. This movie is a prime example why. Since the movie is almost as clear with the 3D glasses off as they are on, the movie is obviously a converted 3D film (either that or the filmmakers used one of the worst 3D camera packages out there). Seeing this movie in 3D will not add one iota of dimension to your movie going experience. You have to wonder how much faith the executives have in this movie, because the ONLY reason to turn such a fine product into this 3D joke is to help bring in more money opening weekend. Sequels may be here forever, but hopefully these awful 3D converted ones will not be.

The summer of 2014 has been a topsy-turvy one to say the least. People expecting a non-stop action thrill ride with "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" may be disappointed. There is action, but there is also a well told story, with great imagery and characters (even the digital ones). It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language.

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