Final ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer: A Post-Apocalyptic Tragedy

Published 10 months ago by , Updated June 19th, 2014 at 4:31 am,

Rise of the Planet of the Apes took just about everyone by surprise in 2011. The combination of James Franco and computer-generated apes seemed a bizarre combination to some, but the movie was critically-acclaimed and pulled in a box office take four times its production budget. Needless to say, a sequel was all but guaranteed.

That sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hits theaters in just a few short weeks, and it boasts even more spectacular effects and an Academy Award-nominated cast in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by the “Simian Flu.” We’ve already seen a number of trailers for the film, and now 20th Century Fox has released the final trailer before its July 11th release. Check it out above.

The trailer has a pretty excellent rundown of what we can expect from the film. We see Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and his family’s attempt to peacefully reach out to the ape colony led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Caesar, who has experienced the goodness of humans before – from James Franco and John Lithgow’s characters in Rise – accepts Malcolm’s friendship, but there are some apes who are more reticent and quick to violence.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Final Trailer Final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer: A Post Apocalyptic Tragedy

Meanwhile, Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) leads the last vestiges of humanity in San Francisco and wants revenge for the deaths of his sons, which he blames the apes for. He’s pretty determined to destroy all the damn dirty apes, going so far as to call in a military warship from off the coast to (presumably) blow them up.

So the film really seems like something of a Shakespearean tragedy, only instead of featuring old European people, it features talking apes. The apes aren’t all good and the humans aren’t all bad, and you can’t help but think that if only everyone could just stop being so stubborn and prideful and dumb – the humans especially – then maybe they could all live together in peace and happiness. Malcolm and Caesar are attempting to bridge that gap, but we can probably assume it won’t be enough in the end.

The film also stars Keri Russell (The Americans), Judy Greer (Archer), Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four), and more.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Drop us a line in the comments.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 11th, 2014.

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  1. Apes do not want War just bananas

    • that is SUCH a stereotype.
      you should seriously be ashamed of yourself.
      reducing the apes to such a caricature!
      not all apes want bananas.
      and bananas is not all that apes want.

      that said…

      where’s the banana?

    • Caesar is top banana now.

  2. I am excited for this flick. The previous one was definitely worth a watch, so I will be watching this one as well, popcorn (and bananas?) in hand.

  3. They saved the best for last. That was about 5 times better than the previous trailers.

  4. a trailer should be a f***ing preview of the movie, not a summary of what’s going to happen =.=
    they’ve given away everything, including the final battle segment for f***s sake =.=

    • I agree. If you’re over the age of twelve, this movie has pretty much been spoiled.

      I still hope to enjoy it…

      • How has it been spoiled? i have no idea how the movie will end. i do not know the full plot in detail. from all of the trailers we have. al i know for sure is apes want to live in peace. humans dont know if they can trust them. koba hates humans and doesnt fully support caesar. and koba can also speak. i have no idea if any of the main characters die, or if theres any twists. did the trailer show a couple cool scenes that maybe i would have rather seen in the movie, sure, but nothing has been spoiled.

        • Agreed. This trailer did not spoil the movie.

  5. Wow…this trailer looks pretty impressive. I guess they had to show the final battle in order to get “butts in the seats” when the movie opens. I’ll definitely be there.

  6. I like this trailer, i must watch this movie.

  7. Looks good, but maybe a bit too predictable. (Then again, I doubt that’s a fair complaint for a prequel)

  8. This movie looks awesome.

  9. WOW! I can’t wait!!!!!

  10. Looks boring. Original was sooo much better

    • “Original was sooo much better” and how do you know this? have you seen the movie yet? please share with us how it was. smh

      • Nope, he hasn’t seen the movie.

        He HAS seen the trailer, though, assessing it as boring. smh

        I haven’t seen the trailer, nor do I want to since trailers these days give away all the best parts of a movie.

        • It didn’t spoil much of the plot, but it did show some awesome footage I would have rather waited to see. Just wait it out. Only three more weeks!

  11. Kind of regret watching this trailer. Was a good preview of the movie, just revealed a little too much I think. Oh well, still gonna go see it.

  12. This movie looks excellent it will be full of action and emotion. I do feel like trailers are giving away too much of the movies these days. And I’m willing to bet that I already know the ending based on the trailer. If you don’t want to hear my theory stop reading. The humans will get the upper hand on the apes before the humans military contact shows up… And the military contact of the humans were speaking with will be yes a group of apes. The End. But I’m still going to watch it.

  13. I have to admit, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is the only movie I’ve seen featuring James Franco where he hasn’t come across as a smug tool who needs to be severely beaten to lessen his ego. I’m glad I went to see it on a whim because he would be worth avoiding any movie for and I almost avoided Rise.

  14. This looks amazing, even better than the first one. I like the idea of the sympathetic scenario with apes not wanting war, but humans being the typical morons they are and screwing everything up. Def has a great narrative going for it, excited to see this one.

  15. This looks amazing, even better than the first one. Def. like the narrative they have going, especially the sympathetic scenario where the apes don’t want war, but the typical human pigs screw it up for everyone. Excited to see this one.

  16. This is an amazing trailer…but why is there a naval warship coming in to the bay area? It kind of makes the ape victory seem like a long shot, and that’s probably an understatement. How exactly are apes on horseback going to take down the human survivors when they have naval support launching missiles well out of range of their spears and machine guns? It also suggests that the humans, while weakened, still have the capacity to project military power, and hence I wouldn’t really see the apes being all that threatening.
    And if, as some have said before, the ship is piloted by apes and not humans, that would be REALLY absurd. Intelligence is one thing, but having developed an acute understanding of nautical science and engineering in under ten years is another. There’s no way an infant ape civilization could just commandeer a destroyer and casually cruise into the San Fransisco bay like its nobody’s business.

    • Where was the navy vessel in the finished film? Did this get cut?

      • Yeah anybody know what happened there? A huge battleship rolls under the Golden Gate Bridge in the trailer. I personally couldn’t wait to see that part, but then – no ship! The movie posters also show GGB on fire and melting from an obvious explosion, which seals them off from the city.