Sunday, 6 April 2014

New Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes TV spot and one sheet arrives online

20th Century Fox have just released their latest TV spot and one sheet for Matt Reeves' (Let Me In) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

While the clip may be less than a minute, it does at least give us a glimpse at the sentient ape army, sporting spears in their sanctuary, and riding horses through the forest while holding assault rifles.

When we left things at the end of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), the situation was looking pretty grim for the human race. Since then the pandemic has left humanity – or what's left of it – to survey the wreckage, and face a new sentient species of apes.

A decade on from the first reboot, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his hairy cohorts have holed up in Ape City, distant from human survivors, and are trying to establish a new community for themselves. "It's an ape civilisation movie," Reeves told Empire magazine. "It's a world you haven't seen before, which is all about: what would these intelligent apes do if they returned to the wild and tried to create a place for their family... and then grow?"

Man-of-the-moment Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) plays Malcolm, a former architect who reaches out to the apes, possibly hoping to restore a fragile pact between ape and human worlds. Needless to say things don't quite go to plan.

"We'll see how Caesar becomes this leader," Reeves has said of the film. "The apes' story is a through-the-looking-glass way of looking at what we are. By what's going on in the internal lives of the apes we are exploring ourselves, our impulses, our society. So much is roiling inside [him]. He has a rational side separate from the apes – they're all instinct."

Serkis is also joined by Toby Kebbell (War Horse) as Caesar's fellow ape, Koba, as well as a human cast that includes Keri Russell (Dark Skies), Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road). "I want to make sure to bring to the human characters the same level of emotional depth as the apes," stresses the director. "I can't give too much away, I'm hiding a little bit. I'm going back to shooting apes climbing trees in the woods."

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is out here on 17 July.

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