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Issue: Winter 2014

Dawn of Planet of the Apes (2014) movie review

The Behaviour of Animals

Human experimentation has unleashed a 'simian flu' that has virtually wiped out human civilization. At the same time the unleashed apes have developed and now live in their own primitive settlements where they communicate with sign language and limited verbal language. Between the two cultures is much hard feeling and distrust.

When a human settlement needs to go through an ape settlement to restart a hydro-electric plant, the two cultures must find a way to put their distrust aside and find a peaceful co-existence.

Excellent costumes. It has to be said.

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Movie poster, Dawn of Planet of the Apes
One last chance for peace.

This is an excellent film. It gives the actors as human and as ape a chance to explore their natures. Dawn of Planet of the Apes asks the question, "Who is the animal?" Is it the ape who has recently risen out of the jungles, the zoos, and the laboratories, or is it the humans who can't let go of their prejudices and their guns?

In teaching the apes, have the humans taught language and culture, or anger and violence?

Quite violent in places, but well worth a watch.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 10 July 2014
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Title: Dawn of Planet of the Apes (2014)
Written by: Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (scr)
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (characters)
Pierre Boulle (novel "La Planéte des Singes")
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Running time: 130 mins

The Players: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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