Starring: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
Director: Matt Reeves
Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Action | Adventure | Drama | 2014
After watching the first movie, I was indeed curious as to how the story would progress in this trilogy. Well, the second film has answered. The apes have been living in the Redwoods forest for 10 years now… yes that is right it’s been “10 years” since the first film. So no more James Franco (I don’t know if I’m happy or sad about this). Caesar has shown leadership in the clan and has started his own family. They have not been bothered by any humans in over two years and everyone is happy.
On the other hand, the humans were taken out by an epidemic. The way that this film started I thought was very cool (how they explained what has happened over the last 10 years on Earth), but it was really the only thing I liked about this movie. Gary Oldman plays Dreyfus, the leader of the remaining humans in San Francisco. And then we have Ellie (Keri Russell), Malcolm (Jason Clarke), and his son Alex (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The three of them go into the woods and make a deal with Caesar to get the dam running to the city can have power.
Needless to say, this movie turns into somewhat of a civil war movie. Caesar, knowing that humans can be good, wants peace between the two races. Whereas Koba only knew the horrors and evil that humans can bring and wants revenge.
Now that I say out loud what the synopsis of the film is, I don’t hate it as much. But I just can’t shake the fact that it was utterly boring and hard to watch. It was completely slow moving and the story didn’t have as much action as you may think for the start of a war (it’s pretty obvious this time what the next movie is going to be).
Oh! There is one more thing I liked in this movie… when Koba acted like a normal chimp to trick the humans. I thought that was cute and entertaining. What happened next honestly took me off guard.
I’m going to give this film an “Okay” rating. I just didn’t enjoy watching it. (2/5).
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