[Movies] Report of Footage Screening From Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (SPOILERS)
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.27.2014
It happened at CinemaCon...
SHH has a recap of a screening of footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that happened at CinemaCon. You can check out that report below. The film stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer and opens on July 11th.
Taking place 10 years after the events in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his apes have moved into the forest and we see lots of great scenes of the apes climbing up trees and riding on horseback, as well as a good sense of how they're becoming more militaristic as they try to protect their new home from human intruders. There are some great shots of the apes in full regalia that looks like it could have been taken right out of one of the movies from the early ‘70s.
After seeing the apes quietly setting up their new home, a human in the form of Toby Kebbell arrives at the apes' camp, their first human contact in many years, wanting to make a deal, and we also see Gary Oldman and the humans in their own camp, which includes Keri Russell and Kirk Acevedo ("Oz") arguing about whether the apes were responsible for the virus that killed so many humans. The footage also showed quite a bit of Maurice the Orangutan, who seems to be taking a more peaceful approach to living although the only ape who we actually hear talk is Caesar, who at one point bellows "Apes! Together! Strong" as the footage seems to be leading up to a war between the two factions.
The footage ended with a fun scene where two humans with machine guns see a large chimpanzee in the distance so they immediately grab their guns and tell it to stand back, but the ape acts all playful and harmless, doing somersaults to get closer to the men who are still on edge. Eventually, the ape gets to where they're sitting and plops down next to them, picks up their bottle of alcohol and takes a swig before spitting it back out, and they all seem to be having a good laugh until the ape quickly grabs one guy's machine gun and shoots the other armed man before aiming the gun back at the first one.