If you’ve watched the most recent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, there are a number of striking scenes and images, but none quite as memorable as that of Koba (Toby Kebbell), a one-eyed bonobo, outsmarting two humans and stealing their machine gun. In this latest clip from the Matt Reeves-directed film, lets that entire scene play out in nightmarish fashion. What starts as fun and comical, at least to the people involved, takes a harsh turn in short fashion. Let this be a lesson, when fighting super smart apes, never let you guard down or you’re totally screwed.
The story is set up like this: Dawn takes place ten years after the events Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his army of freed apes fled, they inadvertently spread a man made virus, the result of Will’s (James Franco) attempts to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease from the first film. While the apes escape and thrive, nearly half the human population succumbs to the disease, and society crumbles and reverts to a much more primitive state.
While there are individuals on both sides who believe the two camps can coexist in peace—namely Caesar for the apes and Malcolm (Jason Clarke) for the humans—there are also those who push for war. Gary Oldman’s Dreyfus fills that role for the human race, and as you see in this clip, Koba plays the same part for the other forces. You can’t imagine that mowing down a couple of slackers with a machine gun is something the human survivors are going to let slide. And with mischief like this going on, interspecies war is inevitable.
It’s going to be interesting to see how these two characters are portrayed onscreen. They both figure prominently in the prequel novel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm, though in different capacities. Dreyfus is former police chief running for mayor of San Francisco, and preaches calm in the face of chaos as the so-called Simian Flu cuts through the population. Koba has spent most of his life in captivity, first appearing on TV then being tormented and experimented on by humans. Though he harbors resentment, he believes in Caesar and has faith in him. Obviously, things have changed drastically on both fronts, and I’m curious to see if the film addresses these shifts.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Kirk Acevedo, and opens everywhere in 3D on July 11.