Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

WRITTEN BY: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
DIRECTED BY: Matt Reeves
STARRING: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell
RATING: 4 stars

I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequel is equally impressive, as it follows the after effects of the deadly virus unleashed among humans. The film is a little over two hours long, but it is well worth it. Visually, it is one of the most stunning films so far this year. The apes look real and the world around them looks real. Aside from the special effects, what makes these films so good is the character development. The apes are intriguing characters, while the humans are equally important, and their interactions are exciting, especially during the battle scenes. If you have seen the trailer, you know the apes ride horses. It sounds ridiculous, yet it works. There are certainly some lame moments, but that is to be expected in this genre. Ultimately though, it is the emotional impact that will linger with you.