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.

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.

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

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Source: 20th Century Fox