Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Directed by Matt Reeves

The story in this film picks up where the last one left off. A simian flu has wiped out most of the human population of Earth a side effect of the experimental drug Alz-112 that also give rise to super intelligent apes. Cesar the first ape exposed has risen to lead his kind in a homeostatic commune in the redwoods north of San Francisco. All is peaceful until one day humans are spotted in the forest, leading to a tense stand off between ape and man, leading to the apes marching on the human colony in a show of force demanding separation of the species under the threat of  war.

This film instantly became my favorite film of 2014. The cast of characters was phenomenal Gary Oldman, as the narrow minded ambiguously threatening colony leader, and perhaps the most famous motion capture actor to ever dawn the suit, Andy Serkis as Caesar. What really got me invested in the characters particularly the apes was the amount of emotion captured by the actors distinct and deep facial expressions really communicate well with the audience. This is the second film i’ve seen by director Matt Reeves. His previous film Cloverfield was a success, I felt it was an ok film, however he knocked this film out of the park! With a whopping budget of 170 million dollars this film has paid for it self four times over before it’s home media release!

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