Film of the day: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell and Andy Serkis star in Matt Reeves’ epic motion-capture sci-fi action-adventure sequel. It’s 10 years since the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Simian flu has decimated the human race and the apes have built a thriving civilisation in Muir Woods under the guidance of Caesar (Serkis). The two species live separate lives, until a group of human survivors from the wrecked remains of San Francisco strays into ape territory and disaster strikes. There are subsequent attempts at diplomacy, but peaceful co-existence seems unlikely given the presence on one side of Koba (Kebbell), a bonobo left physically and emotionally scarred by human experimentation, and the humans’ militaristic leader Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) on the other. And it’s not long before both sides arm themselves against the potential untrustworthiness of the other.  First play on Film4.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Sunday at 9.00pm on Film4.