I’m calling shenanigans: apes do require heat, despite what one of the speakers in this new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes TV spot says. Beyond that, it’s shaping up to be one of the more intense entries in the summer 2014 lineup.
It’s interesting seeing how Fox is framing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes across media. Based on the latest TV spot, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Caesar and his band of mentally-enhanced apes – now living in the redwoods outside of San Francisco following a devastating plague – are the villains of the piece.
Contrast that with the new trailer playing in theaters before X-Men: Days of Future Past – allowing us to see one human being welcomed by Cesar’s army, and you’ve got a wholly different picture of the film, framing the humans as the aggressors and the apes as the close-knit tribe pushed too far.
From what I’m hearing, it’s somewhere in between, as Cesar (Andy Serkis) attempts to lead his ape army to peaceful coexistence, while human survivors – led by Gary Oldman’s grieving character Dreyfus – want a little get-back for the plague that decimated much of humanity ten years earlier.
Serkis and Oldman are joined by Judy Greer, Kerri Russell, and Jason Clarke, the guy who just wants everyone to get along. Let Me In director and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory writer (!) Matt Reeves is sitting in the director’s chair for this one, and has been tapped to direct the next film in the series.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be in theaters July 11th.