It’s more of a teaser than a trailer, revealing little about the movie but building up the anticipation. We’ll take it as an opportunity to talk about this film. The original film titled Planet of the Apes, to which much credit would go for building a robust brand image around this franchise, had released in 1968. It had four sequels and even a reboot by Tim Burton in 2001. But for the younger generation, the series commands respect on account of the achievement of the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes which serves as the beginning of a prequel series to the 1968 original film. The extent of success and recognition that the 2011 film garnered would not have been expected, but it was rightfully awarded. And so the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, releasing in the summer of 2014, would now take precedence over many other films in anyone’s movie list for the year. It has for us, what about you?
What’s the storyline of the film: The premise of this prequel series is to run through the set of events which eventually lead to the apes ruling the planet, as was the case in Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet of the Apes depicted the story of the rise of Caeser, a chimp whose intelligence grows beyond unseen levels due to the use of a medical substance, and the uprising of apes under his leadership. The sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set fifteen years after the events of the previous film and would further show the growing battles between men and apes, as “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.”
Which actors are part of the film: There is no James Franco in this one, though in all likelihood, the plot would reveal the fate of his character. With a wide time gap between the events of the two films, we have quite a new cast. The familiar face is of course of the ape Caeser, who would be again enacted by the talented Andy Serkis (using the technique of performance capture). Beyond that we have new entrants in the form of the ever changing persona of Gary Oldman, the rising Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, White House Down) and the lovely Keri Russell (Bedtime Stories).
Isn’t there a change in the director: There is. And usually that does make one hesitant on how the film would pan out to be. Rupert Wyatt had been highly instrumental in creating a thrilling film with Rise of the Planet of the Apes which did in fact regenerate interest in the franchise beyond expectations. But the planned release in 2014 for the sequel was deemed too less a time by Wyatt to make the film properly. So Matt Reeves has been brought in to work as the director for the sequel. Reeves has the “found footage” formula based Cloverfield to boast of, but his previous one Let Me In would not even have been heard by many. So there would be some scepticism as to whether he can live up to the expectations of the big league; but come to think of it, even Wyatt hardly had an eye-catching resume in direction before he set foot in this franchise. So let’s trust Reeves on this one.
Where do we watch the trailer: Right here! As we were quick to say in the beginning, it is a teaser trailer, showing the grim surroundings in which the battles would be fought. It does quicken the pace of the heart though, and after these initial glimpses, we at least cannot wait to watch the full-blown trailer! Till then, enjoy the brief shot of a battle-ready Caeser.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes releases in the USA on July 11, 2014.