'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Three stars

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the latest in a series of modern Hollywood action reboots, which aim to transform a campy and droll movie into a gloomy and serious film. The Dark Knight trilogy helped set the precedent for this recent cinematic trend, as Christopher Nolan swapped out caricature villains with dubious motivations for twisted and tortured souls bent on revenge, and exchanged "Holy smokes, Batman!" exclamations with dark, philosophical orations. "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves' latest film, the second in a series of prequels to the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes," follows Nolan's lead. In the original film, based off Pierre Boulle's "La Planète des singes," talking primates carry firearms, ride on horseback and appear in other scenarios designed to at least partially amuse viewers. In "Dawn," we also see apes talk while carrying guns on horseback, but their glowering faces are menacing.

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Posted by randy albin
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on Jul 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

so, now the movies are going back to the 1960s for this? can't they think of another kind of movie than this? who wants to see this? just enjoy seeing the movies if you can

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