‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer: Caesar Goes to War

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 2:14 pm,

The upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a direct continuation of the plot thread woven by the 2011 Planet of the Apes installment Rise of the Planet of the Apes, wherein human scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) inadvertently contributed to the downfall of civilization; that is, when his experimental Alzheimer’s drug – the viral-based “ALZ-113″ – proved too potent for human intake, and was inadvertently leaked from his laboratory before spreading across the globe, infecting and killing countless people.

Meanwhile, the genetically-enhanced chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) – Will’s adopted son – was able to escape from the abusive primate shelter where he’d been left, after he exposed his fellow inmates to ALZ-113 (which increased their intelligence) and lead them to safety in the Redwood forest, on the outskirts of San Francisco.

In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which apparently won’t include an appearance by Franco’s character), Caesar has become a king among apes, while the scattered and weakened remnants of humanity struggle to survive in a world where they are no longer the dominant species. Individuals on both sides attempt to reach a peace, even as the drums of full-blown war begin to beat louder, day by day…

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As expected, the first Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is the same footage that was shown at the 2013 International Comic-Con. The preview includes glimpses at post-collapse human cities – recalling the overgrown and abandoned buildings featured on TV shows like Revolution and The Walking Dead – in addition to human characters played by Keri Russell (The Americans), Gary Oldman (RoboCop) and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) battling apes in the streets – before we get the big money shot of Caesar and his army, clad in war paint and ready for a fight.

Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) took over directing from Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt on the followup, which Reeves, promises will continue to build towards the future shown in previous Apes installments:

“I wanted to make sure we’re continuing to go along the path of evolution without missing it, it was so delicious to watch in the first movie. It’s not like now they are talking in verse. Hopefully the movie is emotional and thrilling as you watch the apes come into being.”

At Comic-Con, Reeves also mentioned that his Apes movie is more of a psychological and character-driven drama, in the way that it juxtaposes Caesar’s struggle to maintain control over his kingdom with the humans’ ongoing efforts to manage their own fate. Still, it does appear to be heavier on the action elements than its predecessor, but (hopefully) with some good quality sci-fi and philosophy still thrown into the mix.


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

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  1. when will it lead into the originla?

    • Good question !
      Do not think a space shuttle is coming any time soon down from a trip to encounter them,but honestly it would be cool !

      • I will have to watch it again, but I thought a launch was mentioned briefly.

        Godzilla and Apes oh my yes please.

        • There is a brief news footage clip of a rocket called ‘Icarus’ launching in ‘Rise…’. Also mentioned that one Captain Taylor was the pilot. What this means in this version is unknown, but in the original, Charlton Heston played Taylor and the ship that crashed…

          *humorous spoiler alert*

          … on Earth is called ‘Icarus’…

          • Just rewatched it,and yeah,its in ! Would be cool if by the end of the second movie,
            maybe in after credits scene something like this happens ! A shuttle crashes or so !

            • also the news paper talks about a ship lost in space.

    • technically it can’t, right? because charlton heston was launched into space during an “ordinary mission” – as in not related to escaping any sort of man vs ape war, or so i thought because he sure seemed surprised as hell to discover the ape planet. though i do suppose the details of the first crew and their responses are vague enough that we could suspend our disbelief that the two franchises are connected. although unless i missed something in the “rise” movie where they mentioned a long term space launch prior to the news that apes were going… apeshit, they had better get on that space launch soon. seems like, in the “grounded” world of “rise” they may have wanted to mention that mankind has developed the technology to build a spaceship that can travel at light speed whilst sustaining an entire crew in cryo-sleep for over 2000 years, you know, just in case they wanted to ever link back to the original storyline. also, if we’re ever going to use nuclear weapons again, don’t you think monkey wars would be the time?

      • It was close to the start of the movie before any of the Apes became intelligent enough. In other words, a routine mission doing routine mission things. But it was presented as little more than an Easter Egg. At least, that’s the impression I get.

        Something could come from it. We could have another time jump at the end of the second movie, start the third in space. Of course, we would all know the planet is actually Earth, which would render the reveal null and void. But then, would that be such a bad idea given the repeated statement that this is not a remake?

        • Yeah, but was that just an easter egg or a future storyline?

    • I don’t think it can link to the originals. The point of the originals was that it contained a time paradox. Caesar was born of Zira and Cornelius after they traveled to the past. So the leader of the ape revolution is descended from already intelligent apes.

      • Ya but you need the catalyst before a paradox can take place.

        Example, In the Terminator series, John Conner must have originally had a different father before Kyle Reese made his journey.

  2. Sh- just got real.

    • Hail to Caesar (Kaizar)!

  3. This trailer, along with the trailers for Godzilla (2014) and The Dark Knight Rises have got to be the most epic trailers I have ever seen

    • Sorry, I meant to say The Dark Knight, not TDKR

      • I’m with you on that. This and Godzilla really have me excited.

  4. Wow this and Godzilla look so good. Take my money.

  5. Wow, this actually has me excited to check this out next year. The trailer was nicely done

  6. are you kidding me?? ill just hand over my $15 now. This movie looks (so far) so creepy and dark I love it. That close up of Cesar is so incredibly intense.

    I hope this delivers what it looks like its going to!!

  7. I really enjoyed the first one, this one looks pretty rad-radical. <— shamelessly shows age.

    Totally tubular.

  8. ASM2, Godzilla, DOFP, and now Apes 2. My personal top 4 for 2014. Especially Godzilla and Apes. This trailer looks epic on so many levels.

  9. why are monkeys such jerks grrrrrr…

  10. Looks really good.

  11. Sold. Utterly sold. This really does look the business and we genuinely could be creeping up to a very unique trilogy here.

  12. Thank god finally Hollywood is staying with a remake right !!!!!!!!! Hope Franco comes back in the 3 rd film!!!!

  13. Awesome !!

  14. One of the only remakes getting done right these days – very excited to see this!

  15. that shyt just gave me goosbumps

  16. It’s a reboot, not a remake, not a prequel! It won’t lead into the original. Looks awesome!

  17. What? No nukes? Does that mean we don’t get any “YOU BLEW IT ALL UP!”?

    • I think there’s an implied revolution, meaning terrorist acts. So perhaps ‘blew it up’ can now refer to non-nuclear bombing.

  18. Looks alright, but that I yet again have to see that friggin’ teal/orange color grading plastered all over a movie is really starting to piss me off. Is there some kind of affirmative action policy going on, requiring to hire a certain percentage of colorblind editors? It sure looks like it…

    • Correction a certain people that is color blind notice this…

  19. Looks good.

  20. So this is a “trailer” and Godzilla was a “teaser”?

  21. *bangs chest like drum’s* OLOLOLOLOLOoooo! *scratches armpit* “can’t wait!”

    • Haha.

  22. A nuclear war is not a possible option for these films, as they would in reality result in total extinction. A virus and a revolution/terrorism type deal seems to have taken place, which can still make for some interesting themes and undertones.

  23. Holy freaking cow… Count me in.

  24. holy s**t

  25. Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius! Oh, Oh, Oh Dr. Zaius!

  26. SPOILER ALERT: The apes win.

    • I just hope that the virus hasn’t devastated humanity to the point that the human-evolved ape war is an afterthought. That would literally be a way of screaming “Nothing to see here! The apes win!” to the audience from the outset.

      I know that the evolved apes ultimately win, but at least misdirect me a bit so that the ending isn’t so painfully obvious and predestined.

  27. Are these apes bulletproof? I don’t understand how this war is a thing? They don’t even have opposable thumbs…we have guns and s***

    • I think the virus and infighting amongst themselves could be what has diminished humanities’ numbers not the apes. I don’t know, just a guess. That seems to be what the trailer was trying to project.

  28. I think from what we saw of Caesar in the first film. He will be preaching isolation to his band of apes. He knows humanities days are numbered and they can’t be trusted. But at some point a group of humans approach him to try and start some kind of dialogue with the hopes of forging an alliance of some sort. But other humans will do something so horrible, that Caesar decides, or is persuaded by more aggressive apes, that humanity has to be put in its place in order for Apes to be safe.

    • A. Awesome Name!!

      B. Well thought out plot you came up with there, I could get behind something like that.