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Rated PG-13 · 130 min. · 2014

Action/Adventure

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San Francisco has been decimated by a fatal virus. Its denizens seek salvation in a derelict hydroelectric dam in the domain of brainy chimp Caesar (the peerless Andy Serkis) and his cohort. Can a truce be brokered so that humans have power and simians have privacy? Rise of the Planet of the Apes was popcorn fun, layering thrills, humor and interspecies emotion with sly shout-outs to the Charlton Heston classic, though seeing James Franco as a neurobiologist was a stretch. But Dawn pales. The humans are represented by the evil Dreyfus (Gary Oldman, sadly not in scenery-chewing mode) and an everyman hero played by Jason Clarke, whose charisma-free performance leaves sympathy with Caesar and his apes. The whole thing devolves into an endless, boring CGI battle for species supremacy. To those ragtag human survivors, I have two words of advice: solar power.

Official Site: www.apes2014.com
Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Mark Bomback
Producer: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano and Kirk Acevedo

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