So far, most of what we have seen from Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has emphasized the seperation between man and ape — one that appears to have been pretty firmly in place since the events of the first film — without letting on exactly how the two warring factions will come to blows again. The film’s newest trailer handily sweeps that way and explains exactly what we’re in for — and it looks just plain stunning.
The plotline for Reeves’ film has long promised this sort of thing, telling us that the film will center on “a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar [that are] 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.” Most of the film’s marketing until this point as focused on said war, not on the “fragile peace” that came before it, but this new trailer is primarily concerned with showing some pre-war times that are, frankly, kind of touching.
See, the apes aren’t bent on taking out the humans — they didn’t start the simian flu that has appearantly destroyed a large chunk of the human population, and it sure seems as if their wild run through the streets of San Francisco at the end of the last film was just an attempt to get away from humans and start their own thing: they’re far more interested in starting a bit of a commune in the woods, where they can just be happy apes.
Understandable, right? Jason Clarke gets it. So does Keri Russell. Gary Oldman, however, does not.
If you’re feeling torn as to which side you should be cheering for, you’re not alone.
The film also stars Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, and Judy Greer.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be in theaters on July 11.
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