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The Movie Hole

Greatly anticipating "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

JJ Mortimer

Caesar seems an appropriate name for the simian conqueror.

Caesar seems an appropriate name for the simian conqueror.

One of the two blockbuster films that I'm looking forward to the most this summer is being released on Friday - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Of the big budget film released this year, Dawn is receiving some positive reviews at or exceeding the level of the year's other highest rated film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

What brings my anticipation to that high level is on the heels of how surprised I was at how good Rise of the Planet of the Apes was when it was released three years ago.  The previews for that film were not very good, and I was not prepared at how well-produced the film truly was.

Of the films I've seen in a packed, opening weekend auditorium in the past seven years, only two films have had moments of genuine shock and awe from the audience - the last minute of the first Paranormal Activity, and a particular character's emphatic utterance of the word "No" in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Significantly more powerful than George Lucas' failed attempt at the use of the word.

Significantly more powerful than George Lucas' failed attempt at the use of the word.

Director Matt Reeves takes over the helm of this sequel, and apparently drives the film into impressive heights that most recent sequels (except the aforementioned Captain America) fail to do. 

Here's a clip from the film, a scene that got me even more excited than I already was before I saw it.  Did I mention I currently have a boner for this film?  Anyway, here you go: