While I’m not a coward or anything, I can’t see me being the guy who rises up after a worldwide cataclysm to connect the human population with the genetically modified ape population. I’m just not that guy, assuming I’d even survive the simian flu to begin with, as my immune system is directly correlated to how smart the hundred closest apes are to me. So I give all the props in the world to Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, one of the human survivors who treks out into no man’s land to find Caesar (Andy Serkis), as seen in one of two new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clips released by 20th Century Fox.
I’ll admit, I almost chuckled during the clip when the ape starts to rise behind Malcolm, because for a split second it looks as if Malcolm might look into the camera and ask, “He’s behind me, isn’t he?” Thankfully, the tone remains more serious than that, and it gets downright frightening once that ape screams out and the rest of the island population appears. But I doubt anyone would do anything there without the express spoken approval of Caesar, their uncrowned king.
The second clip is a little less intense, but is still psychologically troublesome for those who choose to think about such things. It’s essentially just a bunch of the humans sitting around a campfire talking about the apes, worrying about staying alive. The lines are drawn in the leafy sand, as Kirk Acevedo’s Carver is only concerned with their survival and doesn’t give a shit about them damned dirty apes, whereas Keri Russell’s Ellie is quick to defend the apes when it’s implied they’re specifically to blame for the man-made simian virus that killed off much of humanity. I’m betting that comes up time and again as the film goes on. Check out that clip below.
Early reviews for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been largely positive, and our sister site Cinema Blend’s Sean O’Connell praised it, saying it “bests its immediate predecessor on every level.” And given how much we all liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes, those are tall words indeed.
Want to see something awesome that you won’t get from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters? Here’s Andy Serkis on a recent episode on Conan where he performs a conversation between Caesar and Gollum, his precious character from the Lord of the Rings franchise. Plus, there are also some great ape impressions from both Conan and Andy Richter.
Grab your shotgun and mount your horse as you ride to your local theater for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ July 11 release.