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Aside from the mother load of super hero flicks arriving in theaters this Summer, there are still a number of movies set for release that have fans writhing in their seats impatiently. One of these blockbusters happens to be Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In 2011, Rupert Wyatt delivered us a reboot of the long-lived Planet of the Apes film franchise that surprised a lot of people who lost hope after Tim Burton’s 2001 effort.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (we’ll stick with Rise from now on) mirrors the events of the third film in the 1970’s set of films, called Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Both films depict the revolution of genetically enhanced Apes against the human race, with both movies ending with decline of humanity and, well, the “rise” of apes.
Ten years after the events of Rise (on the movie timeline) comes the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The movie will take place in a world where humans have almost entirely been wiped out by a lethal virus that began to spread during the Apes’ rise to power. A small resistance of humans, led by Dreyfus (played by Gary Oldman), attempt to make peace with the vastly growing army of apes, led by the famed Caesar.
During last nights Season 4 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, we were shown the first official TV Spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with our first real footage of the growingly-intellegent apes in action. We learn that the primates now ride horseback, and are able to wield rifles and machine guns. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, check out the official spot below:
First off, the motion capture/CGI apes look incredible here, even more so than they did three years ago. We see Caesar, his orangutan friend Maurice, and the vicious Koba all on horseback, backed by what seems to be just a small portion of the said-to-be 2,000-ape army. Then we see a few more cuts of the incredibly-antimated Apes, as well as an overhead shot of a rundown city. If you’re not excited by now, then this movie probably isn’t for you.
Following the TV spot, a new poster for the film was released online, showing Caesar wearing warpaint on his face, protecting an infant ape, who could very well be Caesar’s son. Again, beautifully animated, and can be seen below:
Are you excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? It hits theaters July 11th, but expect a 2nd, full-length trailer in the coming weeks.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves, starring Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.
Written by Josh Sazin on 3/31/14