Haven't I told you my friend, Ben, is back with a vengeance (with his movie review, click here to see his last review on Transformers - Age Of Extinction)? In fact, it is much more than that, it is FAST AND FURIOUS. Within a span of 2 days, he has reviewed 2 latest blockbuster movies and in this latest review, you better don't missed it ;-)
The movie in question is the much anticipated sequel to the 2011's sleeper-hit, Rise Of the Planet Of The Apes. Personally I've not watched the movie but after seeing my friend's review, I think I better watch it earlier than later ;-)
Now, check out Ben's review on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes below :
Many has compared this to the Dark Knight rises, not only due to the moody atmosphere both films emitted, it was also because of the rarest of sequels be better than the original.
"Dawn" was so much better than the original, from the characters' development to the flow of the plot. Set 10 years after the 1st film, humanity was almost wipe off to extinction due to the virus unleashed in the first movie, whereas evolved ape Caesar had led his people to build a colony in the deep forest of San Francisco. Peace however was short-lived as the humans began to cross path with the apes.
Saying anything more will do injustice to this film, I always thought it be that one party that threw the first punch but was pleasantly surprised by the plot. There were of coz the usual plot of convenience (how the family found Caesar in the vast forest) and inconsistencies such as how the primates managed to handle automatic rifles that well (even I had to spend 2 years in NS to be slightly efficient), but those were minor hiccups.
I am marvelled by the technology improvement as close to 70% of the movie was CGI, and yet the computer generated characters grew on you. Towards the end, the last speech Caesar said to Malcolm was both a tragic and yet brutally honest, it reminded me of the Israel Palestine conflicts and how both sides can never reach a settlement.
Since I watched Transformer 4 recently and both talked about extinction, I will boldly say Dawn is way better than Transformer 4, even in the area of technology. Where Transformer 4 used computer wizardry to perform cheap thrill, Dawn harnessed it to give its character a life of its own.
Strongly recommended, 4 1/2 out of 5 stars