Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 4.0 stars

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie poster

Rise of the Planet of the Apes alone justified the advent of CGI. With it comes a worthy successor. No other-worldly Hollywood actioner of recent vintage come close to playing by the rules of the robust fantasy universe it puts forth like this pair of premium summer blockbusters. It's been over a decade since ape last set sight on man, a situation that could have remained unchanged were it not for humankind’s natural inclination to engage in resource wars, this time against a society devoid of fuel. It has 25 long minutes on its predecessor and gosh only knows the motion-capture simians frequently out-emote their live-action counterparts. That said, my disbelief remained wilfully suspended throughout. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) mercifully kicks his jiggle-cam to the curb and in its place gives us assured, rock steady direction – a long shot taken from inside a rotating tank turret as it surveys the wreckage made my goose pimples burble. Great inside joke: an orangutan named Maurice! 2014.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386

Monday, September 22

1:35pm, 7:20pm

Tuesday, September 23

1:35pm, 7:20pm

Wednesday, September 24

1:35pm, 7:20pm

Regal Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Monday, September 22

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, September 23

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, September 24

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327

Monday, September 22

4:00pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, September 23

4:00pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, September 24

4:00pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, September 25

4:00pm, 9:40pm

Comments

mariecarter July 22, 2014 @ 10:28 p.m.

goose pimples burble? Is that good or bad? I'm new in town, you are an interesting critic.

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