A cracking full-length trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has arrived. In it more of the story is revealed and it’s abundantly clear Weta Digital are still on the top of their game when it comes to the effects.

In this follow-up to 2011’s outstanding franchise prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the virus released in the first film has wiped out much of the human population – leaving those still alive with pretty rough post-apocalyptic existence. Meanwhile, the super-smart apes have created have created a home for themselves in the forest just outside San Francisco. An uneasy peace exists between humans and apes, but that’s all about to change…

Andy Serkis returns as head ape Caeser and we know he’ll be awesome. But it’s up to Matt Reeves of Cloverfield fame and an all new human cast – Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Co. – to carry on the good work. Take a look and see how they’ve done…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens 10 July.

This is an impressive trailer. However, the snippets of story and dialogue chosen feel a we’re going through the motions of a bulk-standard action flick, despite the unique setting. But I do recall Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailers suffering from the same mass-market edit…and look how that film turned out.

Weta Digi’s effects work is top notch and they won’t be finished with those shots yet. Imagine what the final product’s gonna look like!

But it’s Serkis who’s star of the show once again. He was robbed of an Oscar last time around. If this film is anywhere near as good as the first, surely he gets the nod this time.

Looking forward to the (likely) double-header at the Embassy in Wellington.



USA | Action, Drama

Director: Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In)

Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Angela Kerecz, Toby Kebbell

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.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens 10 July, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster