DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review - Warped Factor - Words in the Key of Geek.

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Nathan Browne has a lot of love for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Here's his review...

This year the highest rated show on television is a bleak tale depicting the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. If there is any justice in the world then Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which depicts an alternative dystopian future, will be awarded the cinematic version of The Walking Dead's television crown, because it's the best movie you'll likely see in 2014.

Set 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 'Dawn' introduces us to a time when the ALZ-113 virus has wiped out billions of humans, leaving just a few thousand struggling for survival. Under the rule of Caeser the apes have continued to evolve and thrive. An incident leads to the threat of war between the two sides, this then plays out in the spectacular final third of the movie.

Matt Reeves presents some amazingly powerful action sequences amongst a huge brooding scope complete that has moments of really claustrophobic tension. From the opening extreme close-up of Caeser, 'Dawn' will draw you in, and will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. If you are not moved by some of the performances in this movie then you really need to check your pulse.

Andy Serkis deserves all the accolade he will surely get for his motion captured performance as Caeser. Yes, the CGI is mind blowing, but it's the characteristic of Serkis' performance that shines through. I know the Academy can be a strange bunch but if he doesn't get a Best Actor nod for this then I'll be very surprised.

I couldn't help but think of the recent Transformers movies and compare the two franchises. Michael Bay chooses to focus his stories and emotional connections on the humans, who often prove very difficult to like, and this is why the Transformers films fail to deliver - we didn't pay to watch people, we paid to watch the Transformers in the title. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, gives us exactly what the title infers. We the audience feel as much of a genuine connection to Caeser and the apes as we do with the on screen human actors.

The 130 minutes just flew by, 'Dawn' is perfectly weighted throughout and never once drags. In many ways it does feel like the middle chapter of a trilogy – I mean that in no bad way at all, think of this as The Empire Strikes Back of 'Apes' films. Nothing in the movie feels unnecessary, it is perfectly edited and you doesn't leave you longing for a Director's Cut to further explore any areas.

All round, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is as close to perfection as any science fiction movie of it's kind could be. A 10 out of 10 experience as far as I'm concerned. 

Quite simply the best film of 2014 so far.

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