Dear Michael Bay: this is how you make a CGI-heavy action film where the human characters actually matter. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” continues the story from “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” a tale that has grown into an epic saga in which layers upon layers of story are added with each passing scene.
You find yourself immersed this post-apocalyptic world (supposedly San Francisco but looks more like Vancouver, neighbour to its North), and more importantly, caring about the human characters. They play an integral part of the battle against the Apes, and the allegories towards our society are frequent but not overwhelming.
The special effects were top-notch; the apes look as real as ever. And huge props again to Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar, the leader of the Apes. His abilities to bring CGI characters to life through his motion censor suit (as he’s done as Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films and “King Kong”) is absolutely amazing.
Twice now I have been surprised at how good the new saga of “Apes” films are, since the bombastic and confusing Tim Burton / Mark Walhberg version. I am definitely looking forward to heading to the theatres for the next instalment.