DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
RATING: CERTIFIED CLASSIC
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a rare breed of summer blockbuster. It’s an important movie, not least because of its groundbreaking use of motion capture but also due to the unbelievably convincing performances that accompany the staggering effects. Dawn is not just visual gimmickry though and however much Reeves’ WETA wizards excel with their digital dabbling, the gravitas of the movie would be lost upon a thoughtless script. Through thoughtful, allegorical writing and a visceral exploration of conflict, Dawn elevates itself far beyond the average popcorn blockbuster and joins the paragons of modern sci-fi.