This morning Twentieth Century Fox released the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and it looks pretty damn good. A clear continuation of the events from the first film, this thing looks as unsparingly bleak as a PG-13 tentpole can get. And it’s remarkable full of information for something so short! In less than 90 seconds we learn a lot about the film’s world.
Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer, and Jocko Sims starring. The monkey business starts on July 11, 2014.
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The planet looks fairly desolate here, with pockets of survivors dotting the landscape. All signs point towards the film taking place at least 8 years or so after the original (also because I added both of those “4 years” statements together – joila). It also looks like Franco caught the virus because he’s no longer with us.
And what seems to be the end stages of a war at that. Losing out to the apes with the aid of a virus they’re immune to. This whole thing could have been avoided if that Malfoy kid had been just a little bit cooler to Caesar. It just takes a few people being dicks to ruin things for everyone.
While ROTPOTA was largely a drama about Caesar’s subjugation, conflicted feelings about humans and ultimate breaking point – Dawn seems to have upped the ante in terms of action. While the first film was successful in pulling off its more intimate goals, this one seems widened up a bit. I think Mr. Disgusting is on to something when he says this could be the Aliens to the first installment’s Alien.
Initially I was a bit worried the whole thing would involve a ton of CGI apes running circles around a small group of select live actors. This teaser mitigates that by sharing the human POV on the war with the Caesar and co. As in ROTPOTA, I imagine we’ll get plenty of time to align ourselves with the politics of the apes, but it’s nice to get some flesh and blood performances in there as well.