With Godzilla in the books the rest of the summer movie season somehow seems significantly smaller. Sure, Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to be pretty good sized, but it pales in side-to-side comparison with the King of the Monsters. But that doesn’t mean we’re not looking forward a bunch of movies, and one of our most anticipated is Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Monkeys with weapons taking over the world, what’s not to like? We’re rapidly closing in on the July 11 release date, and in that spirit, 20th Century Fox has released another new TV spot.
This brief advertisement is made up of quite a bit of new footage, including some more dialogue twixt man and ape. Caesar (Andy Serkis), the leader of the apes, gets quite a bit more talking than we’ve seen thus far, which is going to play an important role in this highly-anticipated prequel sequel. You also see here that it could have been possible, at one point, for the apes and humans to have coexisted. It may not have been easy, but it could have happened if the two sides tried, and from this view, it wasn’t the apes who screwed things up.
Dawn picks up a decade or so after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and in the wake of that film, a virus has decimated the human population. When a group of survivors—including Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kirk Acevedo, and Kodi Smit-McPhee—looking for a place to settle, strike an accord with Caesar and his growing nation of super-intelligent apes. It is not destined to be a long-standing arrangement.
In this spot you see the connection formed between this group and the apes, especially Malcolm (Clarke) and Caesar, the respective leaders. Both sides are capable of compassion, compromise, and peace. Unfortunately not all humans are so agreeable. Many blame the apes for the plague ravaging the planet, and the push to war is almost inevitable. The apes don’t want the conflict—as Caesar says, “Sorry, my friend, the war has begun”—and appear to be reluctant participants, but you get the impression that he knew all along that there was no way around this. And since this is part of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and that when Charlton Heston touches down after his voyage in space the apes have become the dominant species, things aren’t going to go too well for the less hairy of the two sides.