Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
First screened in July 2014
Director: Matt Reeves. Cast: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nick Thurston, Gary Oldman, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Kirk Acevedo, Jon Eyez, Enrique Murciano, Judy Greer, Laramie Doc Shaw, Keir O'Donnell. Screenplay: Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (based on an increasingly remote novel by Pierre Boulle and on characters created more recently by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver).

Twitter Capsule: Satisfying action spectacle. Ideas duller than intended? Caesar rather flat. Seresin a reliable D.P.

VOR:   At least attempts thematic engagement with gun control, militarism, however limited. Queasy racial signifiers. Best as in-the-moment diversion. Someone could write something interesting about this.

Photo © 2014 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, and Erik Winquist

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