‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Images Tease a Post-Civilization World

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

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Sci-fi sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is arriving a week earlier than originally expected this summer, thanks to a release date change-up, which is just further evidence that there’s no holding back the steady tread of evolution. Picking up ten years after the conclusion of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel finds the intelligent apes of Earth navigating the earliest days of their independence.

Andy Serkis reprises his role as Caesar, the leader of the apes, who is now married (that must have been an awesomely strange wedding) to Cornelia (Judy Greer) and has a son called River (Nick Thurston). Other returning primates include Karin Konoval as the shrewd orangutan, Maurice, and Toby Kebbell as fierce, one-eyed Koba.

The official site for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes includes some interesting backdrops for each page, which offer a glimpse into what the world looks like after it has been devastated by the Simian Flu.  The movie will find humanity and Caesar’s apes on much more equal footing as one species deteriorates and the other grows stronger, which means that we may as well start by checking out who has the better living quarters.

The ape settlement has some nice earthy tones, but also looks rather hostile. One image, for example, looks like a World War One trench made out of bits of tree. There’s also evidence that the apes have mastered a pictorial language for ease of communication and planning. Director Matt Reeves has said that the apes won’t yet have learned to speak fluent English – which isn’t all that surprising considering they’ve been living segregated from humanity – but at least they seem to have mastered the art of horseback riding.

Speaking of humanity, the lesser-furred apex predators of the world have been kept busy with the effort of not getting killed off by the Simian Flu and, according to the trailer, followed those efforts up by fighting amongst themselves. San Francisco isn’t looking very healthy, but a semblance of civilization remains and is attempting to rebuild, led by the efforts of Gary Oldman’s character, Dreyfus.

Apes and humans do not have much – if any – contact at the beginning of the film, as they have each gone down very different paths in the decade since the outbreak of the virus. Malcolm (Jason Clarke) eventually reaches out to Caesar in the hopes of creating peace between the two species. For now we’re going to assume, based on the war-painted apes in the posters, that these negotiations don’t necessarily go smoothly.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Source: Twentieth Century Fox (via SlashFilm)

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  1. The more and more I see information about this movie, the more excited I am to see this. The early trailer for this movie was just insane. Can’t wait

  2. the official website is pretty cool, the attention to detail is incredible right down to the graffiti on the wall

  3. there is just nothing negative about this movie at all!! I am so pumped for this. So far that is the best trailer I have seen since the Avengers.

  4. The first film was amazing, I loved the cgi and motion capture work as well as Andy Serkis performance as Ceaser, just the idea of getting audiences to root for the non human cgi characters and succeding at that is an achievement, few movies can pull that off.

    • I found the first film emotional. it made you engage with the characters. This meant that you were more invested in the different characters and by the end of the film, the big final action sequence was a cathartic pay-off for this investment.

      There aren’t many modern films that get this balance of emotion and action right, without resorting to clichéd story twists. Planet of the Apes got it in a bullseye.

  5. After the way our civilization has been going lately, our fate probably will be pretty primitive!

  6. yes its a rebellion and i’m waiting for it!

  7. I didn’t think they were going to take over the world so quickly in the series. I guess ive been brainwashed on watered down trilogies. But im so ready for this movie

  8. so ready for this!

  9. I really don’t get the praise the first film received I thought it was pretty ordinary verging on the subpar.

  10. I kind of get a The Last of Us vibe from this

  11. I cannot think of anything negative about this movie. I tried and failed. LoL. Loved the last one and so so excited about this one. Their marketing and publicity is also going bang on till now. Hope this continues and they deliver a good film as per high expectations.