A surprise smash at the time of its release in 1968, the original Planet of the Apes spawned four sequels, a remake (2001) and a prequel (2011). The latest incarnation is a let-down. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an overblown simian-versus-sapiens spectacle which fails to break through the tried-and-tested action-adventure formula. Ten years after the ape rebellion which concluded the prequel, the human race has been all but obliterated by a deadly simian flu. The genetically-enhanced apes, on the other hand, have established a thriving colony on the outskirts of San Francisco.
The fragile peace between the two species is shattered when a band of human survivors stumbles upon the ape abode. Despite the efforts of the benign primate protagonist, a full-blown battle for dominance erupts between the long-standing adversaries.
Expectedly the warmongering chimp faction led by a man-hating rabble-rouser (Toby Kebbell) has the upper paw in the ensuing apepocalypse.
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) orchestrates the script’s action component competently.
Aside of the ape community, the human chracters are hardly compelling, except Andy Serkis.