This is my first reaction to the movie based on the notion that I presume the makers have picked up on the underlying political satire of the originals.
I must say that having seen the movie just recently and am still trying to settle on a the political interpretation. The plot of the movie revolves around human survivors of a global plague facing their primitive ape counterparts in a stand of for an energy source in form of a dam that is located inside ape territory. My first interpretation was to see the parallels to a „western world“ securing „their“ oil in a foreign country of the arab world. If one takes this interpretation the humans represent the „civilised world“ with dependency on oil to keep the culture running. The apes would be the not as advanced arabs with their tribes and basic lifestyle. In the movie it get’s stated the „advantage“ of the apes is that they don’t need energy. Also one could see the scarred ape Kooba with his deep hatred towards humans representing the radicalized arabs being used and then condemned. One could interpret the conflict between Kooba and Caesar as the inner conflicts between the moderate and radical strains of Islamist in the arab world. Also there is a parallel of a creating war from an incident by using the irrational momentum that could be seen as a parallel to the Iraq war.
This is very simplified and maybe a bit far-fetched as the movie is on its surface the Sci-Fi movie one expects and the interpretations only emerge subcutaneous.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began 20th Century Fox's reboot of the Planet of the Apes series. Dawn is set 10 years after the events of Rise, and follows a group of people in San Francisco who struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that wiped out most of humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released in the United States on July 11, 2014 and was met with highly positive reviews, with critics praising its visual effects, story, direction, acting (particularly Serkis), musical score, action sequences and emotional depth. It was also a box office success, grossing over $710 million worldwide against a $170 million budget, making it the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2014 and the highest-grossing film in the series. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects...
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