Rev. Ron’s Bite-Size Review of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

What is it?

The sequel to the rebooted origin of Planet of the Apes.

Who’s in it?


Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

What is it about?

10 years have passed since the last film and mankind is slowly going extinct as apekind is thriving. However, after the two societies accidentally come in contact with each other, All Hell gets in the queue to release itself with War close behind.  The Kraken, however, won’t be released because that joke is now ancient by the Internet’s standards.

What time is it?

I don’t know, I don’t wear a watch. I suppose I could check my phone but I don’t really know you well enough to expend that sort of energy.


The Good

The cast is fantastic—whether they are flesh and blood like Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman or the mo-cap master himself; Andy Serkis—they are all great in the film.

The story provides more drama, heart and emotion than the cult classic original franchise could ever possibly hope to capture.
On the subject of drama, heart and emotion, these elements are perfectly blended with humor and, more importantly, action that involves apes hurling bullets and not feces.

The special effects and the attention to detail on the ape characters are frighteningly realistic and meticulous. Some members of the internet probably are already creating poorly edited YouTube videos and MS Paint edited .jpegs that show “evidence” how the apes weren’t computer generated and were actually on set and engineered by Obama to put chemtrails in the air and steal our guns.

The film’s conclusion gets the excitement gland pumping and prepared for the inevitable next film in the series.

The Bad

Some of the human characters go underdeveloped but, with the richly developed main players and some great camera work to distract you, this barely registers as a complaint.

Andy Serkis’ talent as a motion-capture actor will still probably go unrecognized by the award holders of the industry.



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel that not only lives up to the previous film but nearly exceeds it and even proves that all the complaining on the ‘net about remakes and reboots can, at times, be for nothing. The film is exciting, emotional and endearing and didn’t disappoint me at all.


Rev. Ron is a recovering comedian and claims he can quit being a wannabe movie critic at anytime. You can follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) where he spends his time talking about movies, comics, video games and other things that women don’t find attractive in men who are in their 30s.

  • Chris Piers

    I thought this movie was fantastic. I didn’t go in with high expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The human characters are slightly bland and not developed as much as the apes, but that’s because Caesar and his apes are the main characters. It was very well done in terms of both human and ape sides being well defined and neither was simply the bad guy. That makes the story that much more tragic.