Go Ape! "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Movie Review 


I enjoyed the original reboot, 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” so I was anxiously waiting for the sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” How did director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”) do by taking the reins from original helmer Rupert Wyatt? And is the sequel better than the original? Find out in my movie review of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”



Official Synopsis:

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. (c) Fox

Cast (from Wikipedia)

Humans
• Jason Clarke as Malcolm, a survivor of the ALZ-113 virus who, along with a small group of other survivors, forms a strong bond with the apes and Caesar.
• Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, the leader of the surviving humans who wants to kill all the apes and get "revenge" for the deaths of his wife and two sons from the virus.
• Keri Russell as Ellie, a former nurse with the CDC and survivor of the virus. She is Malcolm's second wife, Alexander's step-mother and knows the virus wasn't caused by the apes.
• Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander, Malcolm's teenage son.
• Jocko Sims as Werner, an ally of Dreyfus.
• Kirk Acevedo as Carver, a member of Malcolm's group. He has an attitude problem and a strong hatred for apes.
• Enrique Murciano as Kempt, a member of Malcolm's group.
• Kevin Rankin as McVeigh
• Keir O'Donnell as Finney

Evolved Apes
• Andy Serkis as Caesar, a common chimpanzee who is the leader of the apes, king of the ape colony, husband of Cornelia, and father of River and an infant son. He is also the honorary uncle of Rocket's son, Ash.
• Judy Greer as Cornelia, Caesar's wife, mother of River and a newborn son, and honorary aunt of Ash.
• Terry Notary as Rocket, a common chimpanzee who is Caesar's second-in-command and one of his most trusted friends. Because of this, he is Caesar's children's honorary uncle.
• Karin Konoval as Maurice, Caesar's Bornean orangutan third-in-command and member of the ape council who gets captured and held hostage by Koba.
• Toby Kebbell as Koba, Caesar's ruthless bonobo adviser who believes his leader is too affectionate towards humans.
• Doc Shaw as Ash, Rocket's teenage son, Caesar and Cornelia's honorary nephew, and River's best friend and honorary cousin.
• Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia's teenage son, honorary nephew of Rocket, and honorary cousin and best friend of Ash.

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