Click here!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12A)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12A)

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Read more …

The critical consensus

This is primarily a visual experience..and on that front it's spectacular and sophisticated.

****(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 01/07/2014

Incoming director Matt Reeves doesn’t monkey around in taking the rejuvenated franchise baton and running with it, offering up a sequel that – narratively and visually – sets the standard for its summer-movie stablemates. Worth seeing for Serkis and Kebbell’s simian double-act alone.

****(*)Richard Jordan, Total Film, 02/07/2014

The plotting here is predictable and, at times, even melodramatic...What the film does offer is full blooded action sequences.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 11/07/2014

Dawn... exceeds expectations and its predecessor with a good balance of character and action, exciting showdowns and plenty to talk about on the way home. Two opposable thumbs up.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 13/07/2014

A superbly mounted, powerfully performed, if slightly underfed Apes sequel. That Reeves is set to direct Untitled Of The Planet Of The Apes next is cause for much celebration. This guy’s fur real. No pun intended.

****(*)Ian Nathan, Empire Online, 14/07/2014

When factoring in the excellent special effects and the dark but involving storytelling, Dawn is a triumphant continuation of this impressively rebooted franchise.

****(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 14/07/2014

I’m sure I’ve seen this before. Oh, I have. Just not with monkeys.

Paul Fairclough, Little White Lies, 17/07/2014

Though bold and uncompromising in some respects, the picture is largely safe and predictable at the same time, resulting in a solid slice of blockbuster spectacle that never quite lives up to its promise.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 16/07/2014

There are no monsters here, and the result is one of the smartest, most thrilling blockbusters in years.

****(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 16/07/2014

Dawn has action and spectacle aplenty but it also has the rare ability to bring a tear to the eye.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 18/07/2014

This is the apes’ movie and Caesar’s in particular and his presence and charisma carry the picture to a large extent.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 17/07/2014

It's very enjoyable stuff.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 17/07/2014

The only pity is that it rather cheats, by making the human characters so bland, and leaving the detail of the post-apocalyptic human society so sketchy.

****(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 17/07/2014

What redeems it all is the sense that the film-makers take their subject matter seriously and imagine their audience to be as sentient as their simian screen counterparts.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 20/07/2014

Features about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12A)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The ape of things to come

Alex Godfrey, The Guardian, 12/07/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Comments: 0 (Add)

To post a comment, you need to sign in or register. Forgotten password? Click here.

Find a show

Search the site

Find us on …

Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on YouTube

Click here!