Both an exciting action movie and an intelligent moral fable, this sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is another superior slice of sci-fi fantasy. Set 10 years after the events of the earlier film, the story of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sees a band of human survivors in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco coming into conflict with a genetically enhanced tribe of intelligent apes led by prime primate Caesar (Andy Serkis). There are good and bad elements on both sides, but once again, you’re more likely to be rooting for the apes. Ranging from the heroic Caesar to the vengeful Koba (Toby Kebbell), the apes have more complex characters than their human counterparts, who include Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell. And thanks to a combination of computer imagery and astonishing motion-capture wizardry, their acting is better, too.
Certificate 12. Runtime 125 mins. Director Matt Reeves.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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