10 Years have passed since Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the other Apes escaped from the city to the Redwoods. The ALZ-113 virus has spread worldwide and has killed millions of humans worldwide, either through the virus or the chaos among people itself. While humanity has lost its order, the apes have been getting stronger in making a community in the woods with Caesar as the leader. They live in relative peace without hearing about humans for quite a long time. One day, group of humans come to the apes’ territory because they’re in dire need of energy and wanted to use a generator near waterfall. With humans ready to take the generator by force and the apes ready also to defend their home no matter what, will both sides can work things out in the end?
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been a great sequel for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This sequel come with a solid plot and characters, making people unanimously agree that this is better than the prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The decision to focus on the apes’ society built by Caesar has been executed really well. I really like how they show the development of the apes, like how the apes now have a kind of strategy in hunting, have a home for the community, and the coolest one might be where they have apes riding horses (and even have a march to humans’ territory, bloody hell). The development seems awesome but still realistic, which is really good.
What I think is the greatest part in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is how they lead the story into conflicts. In this war, you can’t really put the blame on either of both sides, both side just want to protect their home and continue their life. But also in both sides there are individuals who hold resentment to each other, human hates apes because of the simian virus and ape hates human for their treatment to them in the past. This hatred led to distrust and intent to avenge, something that I could understand and made us able to sympathize even to what supposed to be a bad guy. It’s really great how the conflict is sparked with this distrust and hatred as the foundation, this made the conflict really deep and you can’t simply judge one side is asshole and one is not.
If there’s something I think is lacking in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the lack of development in human’s side. Of course this movie has Malcolm (John Clarke), a guy who believes that apes and humans can talk something up in peace and avoid fighting, there’s also Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) a leader of humans who’s gutsy enough to raise arms against what he believed just a mere animal. But I think the time they got to “tell” their character is not enough, personally I think it’s better if we got more story on who they are, their background or something like that so we can invest to their character more. But then again, this is not a major problem as they clearly intend to focus on the apes, putting more screen time to humans’ side might make the movie got unfocused so I kind of understand why this happens.
The bottom line, I can’t help but agree that this movie is great. I’d actually like to talk more about the interaction between Caesar and Koba (Toby Kebbell), the ape who hate humans the most in the movie, but I’m afraid I’d spoil the story to you guys. The interaction itself was a vital point on the movie, both were the most intelligent apes and interacted with humans the most before the escape to redwoods, so the conflict between apes and humans more or less rotated around both of them. If you haven’t watched this movie, go to your nearest cinema and watch this. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the star of summer film and you want waste a tiniest bit of your time watching this movie.