Watch: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ TV Spot Tells Us What to Fear

By March 31, 2014

Despite the fact that we already know how all this Planet of the Apes stuff is going to play out – it’s going to become their planet, you guys – Matt Reeves’ entry into the still-newish franchise still looks like a pretty tense outing. Sure, the apes will prevail, but how exactly did that happen? It can’t all be random marauding on a suspension bridge, can it?

Turns out, interspecies war requires quite a bit of knowledge and know-how – like being highly aware of what your enemy’s weaknesses are, and it’s just too bad that the humans of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are highly aware of their enemy’s strengths, because they are many. Unlike weak humans, the apes don’t need power or heat or shelter, because no matter how evolved they are, they are still wild animals at heart, and wild animals can quite happily abandon something like central heating when it’s time to battle.

The humans, however, aren’t quite so lucky. The latest television spot for the film quite handily highlights why:


The film’s official plotline tells us: “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”

The film stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Enrique Murciano, and Judy Greer. And, no, we don’t know where James Franco is (sad face).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 11.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.