I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes - a clever, technically brilliant new angle on the famous sci-fi story and one of the best reboots in recent memory.As the beginning of a new saga and a successful film in its own right, a sequel was basically inevitable. Now its time for the Dawn.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes returns to this alternative Earth several years after the first film, when a virus has ravaged the globe, destroying the human population. That has left room for the apes to grow in strength and numbers, led by the hyper-intelligent Caesar.
A fragile peace is brokered by a man who connects with Caesar (Jason Clarke) but it isn't long before that trust is threatened and shattered. War is coming.
Here's the brand new trailer.
After doing such a great job on the first film I was initially worried when Rupert Wyatt stepped away from the sequel, especially as he openly criticised the very fast turnaround required. Cloverfield director Matt Reeves replaced him and while we've obviously yet to see the film the trailer sells it as a fantastic piece of work.
That's what trailers are supposed to do of course but there's no denying the incredible VFX on display. There's also something really appealing about a post-apocalyptic vision of Earth and the way it sows the seeds for the future portrayed in the earlier versions of the story. Clarke makes for a great lead and his relationship with Andy Serkis' Caesar should be enthralling and make the inevitable battle all the more effecting.
I simply can't wait to see more.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will debut on the 17th of July 2014.