Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Review

Caesar saying "Hold up! How are we going to connect this film to the original?"

Caesar saying “Hold up! How are we going to connect this film to the original?”

Let me preface my review with a little background: I love the Planet of the Apes franchise.  I saw all of Rise of the Planet, as well as most of the 2001 remake and the 1968 original.  You could say I’m kind of an Ape expert.

Which is why it pains me to say that I did not enjoy Dawn.  As a standalone movie, it was great. The Action, emotion, and visual effects were outstanding.  The problem? How are they going to connect the current series with the rest of the franchise?

The Franco and Oldman pics were meant to be origin stories.  And so far they’ve provided solid answers to the origins of the Heston and Wahlberg films.  Solid, but not complete.

If this is meant to be a trilogy, and most experts suggest it is, when are they going to leave the earth and head over to the actual PLANET of the apes? In Dawn, the apes are evolving at a fairly slow rate.  How are they going to suddenly gain the knowledge of intergalactic space travel and colonize on a different planet? Director Matt Reeves has not so much hinted at any NASA-like knowledge within Caesar or Koba.  He’ll have a tough task cramming that all into the third instalment.

***/*****