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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Movie Review - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The long-awaited sequel of the 2011 action-blockbuster - "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" has finally been released. Like an excited fan-boy, I headed down to the theatres with much expectation of what director Reeves have to offer.

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Nomsaurus gave Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This review may contain SPOILERS.

In the predecessor movie, humanity is almost wiped-out by the Simian flu (a contagious virus modified from Alzheimer's disease), while genetically modified apes (talking monkeys included) thrive on the outskirts of San Francisco. The conclusion showed that apes and humans finally agreed to a fragile peace, with "no killing" as the essential rule between the two species. As expected, this peace is rather short-lived as they intersect once more to fight for survival.

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I wouldn't discuss much of the plot, but would rather allow the movie to reveal itself to you. Just expect monkeys wielding machine guns in "Rambo-style" and a major plot twist.. oops. Just saying. Effects-wise, this movie proved to be beyond brilliant. The major portion of effects went to the apes, which look flawless and hyper-realistic, so much they looked like they are gonna jump on you any second.

Besides being a visual spectacle, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes encapsulate a good range of underlying socio-political themes, such as betrayal, trust, family relationships, power and gun-control. In my opinion, it's always good to embed values and lessons, beyond all the action-packed visuals, to serve as "take home message" for movie-goers. Well, I got to admit that this movie did a pretty darn good job on this.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is all in all, engrossing and entertaining, filled with high-end visual effects and brilliant castings. I don't see any reasons why you should not watch it. What? Waiting for torrents? God damn it. You should know better that there's nothing like watching an action film in theatres.

Save sob-stories romance comedy for downloading. (Just kidding, don't download.)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently OFF-SCREEN.
This movie is rated PG13 in Singapore.