It is not a review of the movie, rather my recount of how I ended up watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and my feeling thereafter. Only heard of and not really watched its actual prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it is nothing short of an accident as to how I came to watch Dawn.
We were having our usual chit-chats at the office rooftop when my colleague Bipin mentioned Rise of the Planet of the Apes. His recount of the story, especially its climax where the protagonist Caesar, the vigorous leader of the Apes, develops the ability to speak, instilled in me an instant desire to watch the sequel. As a person who is filled with curiosity, I immediately rushed to my desk computer to go through the reviews of Dawn on the Internet. Having discovered that the movie received rave reviews from well-known sites such as Forbes and The Telegraph, I decided to go watch the movie at the nearest theatre.
It would not be an exaggeration if I say that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the most outstanding and technically sound movies I have ever seen. Not really an out-and-out enthusiast of movies of this genre where they try to enforce the gun-control message, I developed a different feeling from the movie. Contrary to most reviews, I believe the basic message Dawn wants to put across is the fact that be it apes or humans, we are all part of the same planet and the survival of one is impossible without the help of that of the other and vice versa.
It is this symbiosis that would make our planet worth living ultimately. Peace and harmony seem to be the basic theme throughout the movie where Caesar and his band, and a human family, understand the value and power of togetherness and want to impart the same message to the rest of the planet inhabitants.
Dawn proves right the old adage, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Caesar lets go of the hand of Koba, one of the main characters who despises humans after having faced numerous harsh and life-threatening lab experiments at the hand of humans, stating that Koba is not an Ape because he shot someone of his own race and drove the entire Apes into a war against the humans who had managed to survive the devastating Simian virus unleashed a decade earlier.
Portraying a derelict downtown of San Francisco, the movie will be a treat to those looking for the importance of the role of diplomacy, law, leadership and deterrence in the survival and propagation of life on our dear planet. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not about Apes vs. humans; rather it is about the importance of co-creating harmonious relationships among the planet inhabitants.