Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is visually fun. Watching hundreds of “apes” swarm a city while shooting and blowing things up is a sight to see. The subtext of the film however is a bit hard to swallow.
This may be the conspiracy theorist in me, but hear me out. The film serves the typical liberal agenda by saying, “man is evil… man is destroying the world… man is the cause of his own destruction.” That self- hating “we suck” attitude is right out of their handbook.
But Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes things a bit farther. The entire film not only focuses on how we have created the problem, in showing that these apes too can be corrupt (thanks to their mishandling by humans,) but that there is no difference between ape and human.
I know, I know… it is fantasy. It is a movie. There has to be a suspension of disbelief for most films to work. Maybe I was just feeling defensive about another film ripping on humanity. Dang it though – we’ve done some pretty excellent things as a species. Where is the celebration of that? Why take the cheap, easy shot?
As a film it had some major plot holes. It was a typical Hollywood churn-out film with CGI apes in place of higher paid actors. The transition from hooting to talking over the course of a couple days was the most insulting. “GOOOOO!” became “Hey, thanks for bailing me out of the mess I was in. That dude Kobo is the one that shot me. He learned to shoot a gun two minutes ago. He’s got a chip on his shoulder about being experimented on. Oh by the way, how are my wife and kid? You take care, I’m heading out to have a dramatic battle against the super villain even though I’ve been mostly dead all day.” I may exaggerate a bit there 🙂
Watch it for the CGI. Don’t waste your time on the storyline. Don’t waste your time on the logic. Don’t waste your time trying to resolve the holes.
On second thought… just don’t waste your time.
RATING 4 out of 10