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The First Trailer For Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Submitted by on December 19, 2013 – 8:59 amNo Comment

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released back in 2011, was a surprise hit of the big-budget summer season. So it’s no surprise now that the studio is cranking out a sequel. Due out in July, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has just received its first trailer, showing that humans have almost been annihilated by a virus, and Caesar the chimp is still royally pissed off.

Dawn has two fantastic leads in Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke, not to mention Andy Serkis returning as Caesar in the role that made many urge the Academy Awards to change the rules for eligibility for acting awards. But it remains to be seen if these performers will elevate this sequel-of-a-reboot-of-a-long-running-sci-fi-franchise, or whether this will be one of those movies they did for the money.

James Franco famously disparaged Rise during pre-release interviews, only to see the film receive positive critical reviews.

Rise told the origin story of Caesar, a precociously smart chimpanzee whose intelligence is further enhanced with pharmaceuticals. He suffers at the hands of humans, before escaping, giving the same pharmaceuticals to his primate brothers, and leading the force to the redwood forests near San Francisco.

At the same time, a B plot showed the drugs having lethal effects on humans- and rapidly spreading around the globe through contaminated victims.

The trailer suggests that the drug/virus has crippled human society, and caused a civil war.

Given what we know about the franchise- and its name alone- it seems unlikely that the humans will be able to “rebuild and reclaim the world [they] lost,” as Oldman’s narration says.

The first Planet of the Apes film came out in 1968, based on a 1963 French novel. Four films followed by 1973. A remake directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg was released in 2001; it was a critical flop but commercial success.


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