(Reposted from movies4maniacs.tumblr.com on August 9th, 2014)

I watched ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ for the third time in theaters last night and felt that it was over due for a review on my part. So here it goes.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a sequel to 2011’s brilliant ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. Rise was a prequel to the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ films, which were made in the late 60’s to the mid-70’s. Dawn was also a remake of the fourth original film called ‘Conquest of the Planet of the Apes’ from 1972 and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a remake of the final original film called ‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ released in 1973.

Starring Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and motion capture from the amazingly talented Andy Serkis, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ takes place 10 years after the events of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. After the ‘simian flu’ destroys a majority of Earth’s population, what’s left of humanity is held up in the city of San Francisco. Enter Jason Clarke’s character, who with a team of humans, heads into the forests north of the Golden Gate bridge to find a hydroelectric dam that might be able to restore power to the city. The conflict? Caesar and his apes, who have not only been growing substantially in size and intelligence over the past 10 years, live in the forest where the dam and power generators are.

If you enjoyed ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ like I did, then Dawn is a must see. I myself am a big James Franco fan and thought he and John Lithgow, who played Franco’s father, did an incredible job in Rise. Of course, that last scene on the Golden Gate bridge was pretty marvelous and Dawn expanded on what I loved about Rise. The performances were just as incredible, the action was a step up and the story is going to be even more interesting in the third installment.

Like I said above, if you liked ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ then you will love Dawn. For me, it’s the second best ‘Planet of the Apes’ movie ever made, right after the original 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston. And yes of course, this is where my blog gets its name.

So there’s no need to get off your horse and pound your fists into sand. ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a really good film that I can’t recommend enough.

I give ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ a 9/10.

Enjoy it you maniacs!