It’s Man vs. Ape in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Caesar the ape now has a wife named Cornelia and two children: an impatient and sometimes-rebellious adolescent male simian named Blue Eyes, played by Nick Thurston, and a newborn baby chimp.


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Following 2011’s blockbuster epic action movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, that introduced a breed of new actors via the art and science of performance capture, and grossed nearly $500 million nationwide with critical and audience acclaim, 20th Century Fox brings this year’s heart-stopping action epic movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

In this sequel, a growing nation of genetically-evolved apes, led by Caesar, 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.

“Caesar is the alpha-ape,” actor Andy Serkis initiates. “He’s a natural leader. The other apes respect him because he has an innate sense of fairness, he values their opinions, and he includes them in the decision-making.

"He’s definitive in his decisions but also relies heavily on the advice of his inner circle, his council.”

At the same time, Caesar is conflicted about humanity because of the way he came into the world and was raised among humans.

He was an outsider, even though he learned human belief systems and thought of Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ character Will as his father.

He’s a creature who is going through the very human experiences of being rejected and finding his people.

Caesar as a leader, parent, and mate provides abundant ground for Serkis to explore as an actor.

“Caesar is a father now: he’s got a mate, a son and a baby,” the actor notes.

“He is responsible for the survival of a community.

"On the other hand, he has empathy for humans, and still, deep down, he feels a need to be able to communicate with them.”

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In the movie, Caesar’s principal human contact is Malcolm, portrayed by Jason Clarke.

Malcolm is a former architect who lost his wife to the virus that wiped out most of humanity. Left on his own to raise his teenage son, Malcolm is desperate to maintain the hope and stability he and Alexander have found within a small colony of fellow survivors in San Francisco.

“Malcolm is sort of a mirror to Caesar, trying to rebuild his community in the ruins of a world that is gone forever,” says director Matt Reeves.

Clarke adds, “There’s a lot of mistrust and throwing of blame on both sides. From the point of view of the humans, there’s a lot of anger about how mankind has suffered because of the virus. The humans wrongly blame the apes for causing the virus, though humans actually created the virus in a lab a decade earlier.”

Caesar and Malcolm must make choices, compromises, and decisions that not everyone respects. Both are fathers and must protect not just themselves but also their nascent societies.

While Malcolm is a pivotal figure in the human colony, its leader is Dreyfus, played by Gary Oldman.

Prior to the breakdown of society, Dreyfus was a law enforcement professional.

Now, he has taken on the role of a leader of the human colony surviving among the ruins of downtown San Francisco.

He is an authority figure intent on not only saving but rebuilding what’s left of mankind a decade after the Simian Flu destroyed human-run infrastructure.

Oldman describes the colony as “a melting pot of survivors."

He resumes, "The virus has just wiped out millions and millions of people. We are just the lucky few that were genetically predisposed to have been immune. As a community we’ve come together and we’re trying to survive and restore our world.”

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Working hard to rebuild her life is Ellie, played by Keri Russell, a nurse who worked with the Center for Disease Control in its failed efforts to contain the viral outbreak.

Ellie has managed to attain some measure of security amidst her fellow survivors in San Francisco, including Malcolm, with whom she has a burgeoning relationship.

Says Keri, “Ellie is strong and tenacious because she has to be to survive in this world. It’s a tough place that’s always on that verge of panic as everyone starts to realize that this little society they’ve built is coming close to bursting at the seams. She’s a strong woman and that’s just what Malcolm needs.”

Ellie and Malcolm’s relationship impacts the latter’s teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Alexander’s mother, one of countless victims of the Simian Flu, has passed away.

Alexander has grown up in this decimated world, and has little memory of what normal life was like. His reality is a daily struggle to exist and survive, with his father and the other humans, amongst the ruins of civilization.

A far gentler ape character is Cornelia, the young female chimp who in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was held at the San Bruno Primate Center. She is played in this film by Judy Greer.

Ten years after Caesar’s uprising against humanity, their budding relationship has blossomed. Cornelia is now Caesar’s wife and queen and the mother of his two children: an impatient and sometimes-rebellious adolescent male simian named Blue Eyes, played by Nick Thurston, and a newborn baby chimp.

Further into the movie, the same experiments that drove Caesar and his community to escape are continuing to make them more intelligent, which leads to new forms of verbal expression.

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“This time, there is an evolution in linguistic terms,” Serkis explains. “We worked in great detail in terms of creating that level of sophistication versus finding language.

"Caesar communicates through the sign language he was taught, which has become a unifying way of speaking with the other apes. At the same time, he’s verbalizing more.”

Mark your calendars when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (in 2D, 3D and 4DX) opens July 9 in more than 200 screens nationwide, courtesy of 20th Century Fox and to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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