The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – A review

The Critic's Cut

During the 2 hour running time of The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (TDOPA), I sensed a rapt and attentive crowd glued to their seats, as opposed to a restless and listless audience watching The Transformers few weeks earlier. Summer blockbusters have always been loud and hardly subtle, but director Matt Reeves brings a style to the movie which reminds us that summer movies needn’t be vociferous and unnecessarily eventful to the divert the “short attention span” generation from their popcorns. Some of my thoughts on the movie

  • The viewer is greeted by a “Kubrickian” sequence as apes hunt together, and later communicate through a sign language, establishing them as an evolving species. This is a growing civilization, where wiser apes rule over the lesser apes. “Knowledge is power” is written on rocks as a wise Bonobo named Maurice teaches and educates young off springs. Gorillas guard the…

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