In 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a new reboot of the Pierre Boulle novel, appeared on the big screen. After the disappointment of the 2001 Tim Burton film, the Hollywood studio seemed to already write this new version off as a failure even before its release. However, to their surprise, the film not only received great reviews but it also drew in huge crowds and became one of the best films of the year. Now 2014 we have the follow up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which itself has received fantastic reviews.
Taking place 11 years after the first, where 90% of humanity has died from the ALZ-113 virus (also known as the simian flu), survivors in San Francisco head out towards Muir Woods to see if they can get an electrical dam’s turbines running in hope of bringing electricity back. However, they discover an unexpected surprise; the genetically changed apes from the first film have created a society there and now two civilizations are about to collide. And yet the genuine danger may not be each other but instead may come from within.
Dark Discussions talks about this new movie. The interesting thing is where each of your co-hosts are coming from. Abe had not seen the first film and is not too familiar with the older franchise. Mike beloves the original film series and comes in with a somewhat biased perspective. And both Phil and Eric are familiar with the other movies but are coming in simply looking to see a good film. Get onboard and listen to what we have to say about the new film. And honestly, there were no lame jokes about “Hey, I saw you multiple times in the film.”