Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks to be the part of the franchise where it all hits the fan.
The newly released trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about as dark as an “end of the world” movie can be and just as exciting. The short clip, released by 20th Century Fox on Wednesday, includes Gary Oldman giving a rousing speech to his small band of survivors, who managed to outlast a deadly virus and subsequent war. Meanwhile we, the audience, get to see flashes of the devastation left behind. The clip is just a teaser though, so maybe fans will get a better idea of the story in an upcoming extended trailer.
To top it off, the trailer then cuts to Andy Cerkis’ newly terryfying Ceasar. This is not the intelligent, mild ape James Franco’s character befriended in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes (the titles are bound to get really confusing at some point) – this Ceasar is all war paint and fury. As the camera pulls away and we get a glimpse of the gathering ape army, the message of the trailer becomes abundantly clear – humanity is well and truly doomed by now.
Of course, apocalyptic and dystopian films have been all the rage for the past several years, so Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fits well with the pop culture Zeitgeist. It’s dark, it’s atmospheric and it very clearly spells the end of human civilization. So if you enjoy a good doomsday scenario every now and then, the Matt Reeves-directed sci-fi, the second in the series reboot, is bound to deliver. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released in US cinemas on July 11, 2014.