Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of my favourite films of 2011. After the phenomenal mis-step of Tim Burton’s 2001 reboot, it was a moving and well judged origin story to one of Hollywood’s most underdeveloped franchises. For all of the screen time devoted to telling the story of the planet of the apes, it was not until Rupert Wyatt’s take on the birth of the apes rise to power did we get a true sense of how we had come to be dominated by our primate cousins.
Following on from and set 20 years after Rise… Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finds a world in which the apes have evolved in to the dominant species, quickly filling the void at the top of the food chain left vacant after mankind is largely wiped out by the virus eluded to in ROTPOTA. Franco is seemingly nowhere to be seen, but his place is more than adequately taken by the likes of Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke. And with Cloverfield and Cabin In The Woods creator Matt Reeves at the helm, all signs point to this being a solid second installment into what is inevitably looking like at least a three parter.
I just hope George Lucas doesn’t get the third one otherwise we’ll end up with The Birth of Free Trade and Taxation of the Planet of the Apes
DOTPOTA is released 11 July 2014