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1,426 Ratings

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Directed by Matt Reeves
United States, 2014
Drama, Action, Sci-Fi


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.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Directed by Matt Reeves

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Visual Effects

BAFTA Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Special Visual Effects

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2015 | Nominee: Technical Achievement of the Year

Perhaps the dawning realization that I am finally and irrevocably middle aged has inspired in me once again to embrace the cinema’s greatest asset: its capacity to manifest the impossibly fantastical dreams of a child. My favorite cinematic memory of the year was the image of the vengeful bonobo Koba shooting a gun while riding a horse. If I had seen that when I was seven, I think my heart would have stopped beating out of pure joy. Imagine! Talking monkeys killing human beings!
January 01, 2015
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Comparable in its scope and populist spirit to Spielberg films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, it’s the best work so far from Reeves and a prime example of American filmmakers’ knack for creating something fresh out of merchandise fit for yard sales.
December 17, 2014
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Dawn is a war film, though it belongs to a category that might be called the reluctant war film, while the outpost, edge-of-civilization setting gives it Western overtones. Showing the brokering of a tenuous peace between two hostile peoples, undermined by the actions of determinedly belligerent parties on both sides, it shares its basic narrative elements with Delmer Daves’s 1950 Broken Arrow, if practically nothing else.
August 06, 2014
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