Opening Today: “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” (7/11/2014)

The “Planet Of The Apes” films were an indelible part of my youthful cinema going activity and I loved them all, and this includes the short-lived television series. Given my vintage I did not see the original film when it opened as I was too young but had seen a number of them on television when they finally aired. There was no HBO and such back then and we youth only had “The 4:30 Movie” for a lot of stuff like this. I do recall seeing the final film “Battle For The Planet Of The Apes” when it hit the big screen in 1973 with my Grandmother; It would close out an all-day “Apethon” where all the films would be shown in sequence. Thanks Nan. Fast forward to where we stand now it was a couple of years ago that the world got a revision and relaunch of the storyline with “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” and it was met with considerable approval. Today’s its much anticipated sequel “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” opens up in theaters everywhere. Check out that brooding poster.

Poster - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 2014

Plot: “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. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species”. (care of the films Wikipedia entry)

Now speaking personally I did not see the “Rise” film when it first ran nor on any of the PPV channels and it ended up being more of an oversight for me and a time issue but I am hoping to rectify this issue before I head to see this one. I’ll admit being too psyched for the pending superhero stuff at the time since both “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” were released in 2011 and took a lot of my attention. The trailer for the new film looks exciting and my friends keep telling me to get on that first film so I have little choice. Will you see this film? Take a look at the cast below along with some other coolness and I’ll see you when the next film that floats our mutual interest boats comes along with another posting.

The Cast:
Jason Clarke as Malcolm
Gary Oldman as Dreyfus
Keri Russell as Ellie
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander
Jocko Sims as Werner
Kirk Acevedo as Carver
Kevin Rankin as McVeigh
Keir O’Donnell as Finney
J. D. Evermore as Sniper

Andy Serkis as Caesar
Judy Greer as Cornelia
Terry Notary as Rocket
Karin Konoval as Maurice
Toby Kebbell as Koba
Doc Shaw as Ash
Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son

Learn more about the film via its official Wikipedia entry but be advised that there will be significant plot spoilers a few days after it opens. I learned that fact the hard way and just want to warn you.

Official Film Wiki:

Below are links to some “Planet Of The Apes” related things that I think you will enjoy.

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