Plot: Cesar tries to stop war when the humans find him.
Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprising reboot that managed to both embrace it’s series while standing out. It made characters of the apes and made us care about them. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is kind of what you thought Rise was going to be. It’s bland, boring and it’s attempt to be serious makes you realize how silly the movie is.
Listen you can’t have it both ways. You can’t have them be apes and then take away their sense of smell or animal instincts. At least 3 times in this movie a major plot point would only make sense if apes didn’t have a better sense of smell than humans. Also where Rise used your basic understanding of apes or characteristics against you, Dawn revolves in them. You remember how Koba, the scared ape, had the story from Rise where just because he had scars didn’t mean he was evil and was in fact one of the best friends to Cesar? Well now he’s EVIL! For no reason! Way to shit all over that plot line. Remember how Rise made us care about the apes more than the humans? Well dawn takes it one step farther by making us not care about the humans or the apes!
Also listen summer blockbusters, it doesn’t matter how big or crazy your action scene is if we don’t care about any of the characters we don’t care what’s happening. It’s just pointless. Dawn makes the apes dumb but worse it makes the humans dumb too. At one point do I care about anyone. Not only that but they are so selfish and mean (the HEROES!) that it just feels like a failure all over.
I would have been okay with a dumb movie. I mean it’s about Apes taking over the world so dumb isn’t that far gone. The problem is that this movie thinks it’s smart. It wants to have themes of father and sons, and the human condition that it just can’t pull off. Those themes are fine but when your characters have to change their motivations to get there it’s a problem. Also if you hate the characters it’s hard to hear their themes.
Rise was great because it rose above it’s silly premise, while Dawn drowns in it.
Trivia: First 3D apes movie.