Science fiction action that manage to be both involving character drama, gripping sci fi and have action at the same time without diminishing it's original premise. I actually got tear-eyed during this film mostly because the action in this film mirror the fear and hate that we see in our society today between different cultures and skin-tones. The impressive CGI apes act a lot better than the humans though.
The long takes with the miracle of motion capture, with close-ups of Caesar, Koba and others make this an amazing experience, but as much as it gives a vivid picture of the surface, it falls short to examine what really lies beneath, and that goes for both the apes and humans.
Pas vraiment de quoi s'enthousiasmer dans son fauteuil de spectateur alangui et ronchonneur. Tout est comme souvent formaté, conditionné, paramétré dans les codes et les schémas du genre, avec ses traditionnels quotas d'émotion, d'action, de romance et de suspense, fortement prévisibles et bien joliment emballés... www.cinefiches.com
Like the 1968 film, Dawn poses important and thoughtful questions, in this case, about the use of military power to divert an impending energy crisis and potential population shortage, or defense against those seeking it. Yet, it has the typical Blockbuster problems: a pace that feels much longer than it really is, predictable plot turns, and bland dialogue. But, like Rise, the last act delivers the fun-times goods.
Years later, "Dawn" remains the summer of 2014's headiest popcorn movie and a superb genre effort from Matt Reeves. Much of the film's power lies in the surprisingly somber mood 20th Century Fox allowed Reeves to take. And while the human drama may pale in comparison to the apes, you have to applaud the filmmakers for portraying these animals with a level of empathy and tenderness you rarely see outside a Pixar film.
Matt Reeves crafts a thought provoking, smart and insightful sci fic film. When it was announced that Rupert Wyatt wouldn't be returning for this film I was concerned. I thought that one of the biggest reasons Rise of the Planet of the Apes was so great was because of it's director. However Reeves more than fills the shoes that Wyatt left. This film has groundbreaking SFX and makes great use of performance capture.