‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Promos: The Human World Crumbles

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Cityscapes like London, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles have been shown on screen so many times over the years that you can hardly blame filmmakers for wanting to shake things up a bit. With post-apocalyptic stories currently in vogue, we’ve seen famous city settings overgrown in movies like I Am Legend and video games like The Last of Us, and now Cloverfield director Matt Reeves is taking his own turn at ruining human civilization in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Set ten years after the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this sequel finds Caesar and his small group of rebel apes comfortably established in a thriving ape community. Humans aren’t doing quite so well, however; the so-called “Simian flu” has wiped out most of the planet’s population along with its infrastructure, and the survivors are left struggling to survive in a world stripped of the luxuries that they’d grown accustomed to.

Twentieth Century Fox has definitely been pushing the post-civilization aspects of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in the film’s marketing, including an official site that showcased the vision of a budding ape society and the crumbling of the human world. Continuing with this theme, Fox has now released three new promos showing what ten years of deterioration would look like in some of the Western world’s most recognizable cities.

The promos aren’t that exciting at first glance (they’re essentially animated concept art), but what is interesting is that in each of the cities the symbol of Caesar’s ape revolution appears on a structure in the later stages of deterioration. The symbol is easy to spot: it’s the curved diamond that was own Caeasar’s attic window while he was being raised by Will Rodman.

Putting aside the various interpretations of Caesar picking that shape as a symbol of freedom, it could be very significant that it’s shown not only across the country from San Francisco, in New York City, but also across the sea in England. This suggests that the virus which spread across the globe killing humans may have simultaneously spread intelligence to the world’s ape population outside, and that even as Caesar grows his own California-based community, a much larger revolution is taking place worldwide. With a new trailer set for release later this week, perhaps we’ll see more glimpses of the international ape revolution.

Whatever those symbols mean, one thing is clear: urban vegetation doesn’t waste any time completely taking over cities. Maybe all that pollution gave it super-powered growth.


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

Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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  1. Why on July 11th? Why are we so darn far from this date? We need time travel, man.

    • No we don’t, we still have Godzilla to get through first, THEN we can skip time to July 11th since there isn’t anything else releasing between Godzilla and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes worth watching.

      • you’re forgetting X-men; DOFP and Transformers; Age of Extinction :O ….

        • I’ll pass on Transformers. X-men I don’t know will be all that good after seeing that button scene in Spiderman.

      • I’d watch Jennifer Lawrence first, then time travel to 11/7 =P

  2. I wonder if there will be rival ape factions around the world. I get that the symbol spread and that means that stories of Caesar spread, but I wonder if they’ll just adopt the symbol and create their own factions. Maybe the next movie will be apes at war with each other?

  3. Great stuff! So Walking Dead like… I love apocalypse movies & can’t wait for this one!

  4. Please pass the Ebola!

  5. It’s fake. It should be raining in London :)

  6. It reminds me of the I am Legend website that showed the decay in New York City.

  7. My wife purchased the first film for me but as of yet not watched it. I love sci Fi and end of the world doomsday type of movies. I just can’t get any interest in putting this into my DVD player, I think the reason being that even before I watch it I know the outcome, Ie mankind gets whooped and no matter what they plan the outcome will still remain the same. I just wish that these films weren’t remakes but totally separate and had a different storyline where mankind put up a good fight and prevailed. Who knows, One day I may give it ago, but at the moment it will just sit in my DVD collection.