JURASSIC PARK (1993) is one example of a Hollywood produced blockbuster that we still crave to see every once in a while. It’s sequels, however, fell flat that we can’t help but relive the original delight of seeing a well-made blockbuster and celebrate its triumph.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014) is yet another of its kind. It reaches far beyond what one expects of a blockbuster, and delivers an outstanding array of performances, storyline and a thesis on the human mind. Director Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD; 2008 and LET ME IN; 2010), brings us a well developed plot about the tragedy that is man, and his unending search for peace through savagery.
What makes this film so exceptional is that it thrives on an unswerving sense of rhythm. Each fight is firmly rooted on well-managed motivations, a character change relies heavily on previous plants, and even each teardrop falls just in time to deliver that appropriate emotional tone.
Yes, for a war movie, there is so much crying. I cried, too. This one supremely exceeds my expectations!
DAWN isn’t too ambitious. Unlike other blockbusters, that tried futile attempts to scale the world and make America it’s undying hero, this film conservatively covers only two communities in a limited ape milieu, and the results are just astounding. Sometimes, as writers, you just have to focus on what you need to focus on, and pouring in your best deals will give you that magic key to triumphant simplicity.
And did I mention that this film has one of the best choreographed action sequence for its climax? Seeing apes involved in a fight, and for once not watching Spidey in his red tights doing his acrobatic stunts, is extremely refreshing.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is one film that we will remember in retrospect when we think of a few good blockbusters that made our hearts sing. and celebrate in the years to come.
Yes, it’s really that good.
5 STARS OUT OF 5!