Flick Chick here once again in the pursuit of truth, justice and keeping you from spending your hard earned money on movies that suck! Over the weekend I swung into the Bangor Mall Cinemas to see ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’.

This movie runs just over 2 hours, and is considered an action, drama, sci-fi and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi vioelnce and action, and brief strong language. This film stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and the voice talent of Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell


In this sequel to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', almost a decade has passed since the outbreak of the man-made virus ALZ-113 virus has almost wiped out humanity around the world. Meanwhile,  the population of apes that are genetically altered to be able to learn, sign and speak have thrived and grown. Lead by Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was raised by humans in the first movie. He has created a society of Apes which are peaceful and live under his rule thinking that all of the human are dead. The while on a hunt Caesar’s son runs into humans. Not only have they survived but they are beginning to rebuild their life and the next step is to refurbish a Hydro-powered dam that is in the territory of the Apes. Unfortunately although Caesar knows the good of humans his ape lieutenant Kobi however was all but tortured in human labs and he does not forget.


I really appreciated this movies quick synopsis of the first film using news storied to bring the new viewer completely up to date in less than 10 minutes. I also very much appreciate the time and brilliant CGI Apes in the film. Flawless. I chose not to see this in 3D, but because much of the action is CGI I am sure the effects built in are wonderful. The story covers beautifully the delicate peace between the humans and apes played out on both side with fear and for some retribution.  Overall,  the pace was great, the action was terrific and the plot consistent to the end. I can still remember the first time planet of the Apes hit the big screen with Charlton Heston and I have to say this new rendition is every bit as good if not better. On scale of 1-10, I’d to give ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ a 9.

Bonus: How they made the apes look so real.

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