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5 Things We Learned From The ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Teaser!

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.

Head below for 5 Things We Learned From The Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Teaser

That Virus Has Really Taken Hold

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.

We’re At War

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.

It’s More Of An Action Movie

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.

It Still Has A Strong Human Element

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.

Caesar Hasn’t Softened With Age

If you thought that the past 8-10 years would have allowed Caesar to cool off a bit… you’d be wrong. There’s no going back for him.



  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    The Aliens to the first installment’s Alien, huh? I wonder if anyone will call blasphemy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kainrich

    Looks good. Maybe even great. I’m not a James Franco hater but it’s good that they moved away from his character and Caesars friendship.

  • djblack1313

    the ALIEN/ALIENS thing i agree with. this one seems much more intense and action centered (which i’m very happy with).

  • Yeah, I’m also in the Aliens is > Alien crowd. BUT you’re setting the bar too high Evan! ๐Ÿ™‚ lol.

    Overall, the 2011 remake/reboot was decent, IMO, but I LOVED the final battle scene on the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s going to be hard to top that one.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    Cant wait for this. But still I am still not 100% how the apes are going to win. After all even with not many humans left, there are still more than enough guns to wipe out the apes. But that for me is good enough reason to see it.

  • jaxx367

    *Spoiler* The astronaut that was lost in space makes a comeback in this film. The shot in the trailer shows the place of impact in the woods. This movie will be a bit more dark and brutal than the reboot. So exited for this movie!!!!

  • Canucklehead

    Aliens was a damn fine action film, but it was not nearly the same kind of film as its predecessor. That having been said if this goes down the same path with apes fighting humans and would then seem likely to pave the way for a 3rd film which would be some sort of remake of the original Heston film.

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