Caesar Loves Humans More than Apes. – Koba
I always think Apes better than Humans. I see now how much like them we are. – Caesar
– Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Not since the beast Salman Khan emerged out of the womb have things looked so bleak for the human race.
Simian flu and fighting have brought the human race to the brink, leaving pockets of survivors here and there in a powerless, effete state.
As the wise (chimp) Caesar says a decade later:
Humans destroyed each other.
Power – Elixir of Life
In San Francisco, a few hundred human survivors have closeted themselves in a derelict colony.
Fuel supplies are running very low!
Outlook is grim.
The dam! The dam!
Hydel power! Only hope for humans!
For electric lights and the many aspects of life that power enables.
But power inevitably flows through the barrel of a Gun, right?
What about Caesar?
Hunting deer, leaping from branch to branch and awaiting the birth of a new son.
That’s Caesar and his simian followers.
Seeking the strongest branch! Chimps do that literally and humans follow metaphorically!
No, No, No, No!
They’re not just animals, despite Gary Oldman’s primeval screams.
Caesar is wise!
What about Koba?
Koba is evil!
Tortured by humans, Koba knows only hatred!
Koba is Stalin!
Read your history!
As with humans, so with chimps.
Lust for power and betrayal rear its head.
Like with the historical Caesar, the chimp leader too is betrayed by one closest to him!
The underlying thread of the movie is the struggle for power on both sides (between humans and apes and inside the two species).
Even the names of two key characters, Caesar and Koba (Stalin’s nickname), suggest the battle to seize power.
How the key characters and species maintain, seize and lose power is at the heart of the movie.
Gripping visuals, engaging narrative and memorable characters are props for the pursuit of power.
Until breath exists in my body will I not forget the sight of chimps atop horses like conquerors!
Is that scene a metaphor for shift in the balance of power from humans to apes? Perhaps!
Now, I’ve seen many strange sights in a long life but nothing comparable to a Chimp riding a Horse.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a remarkable film in its depiction of the sad, ceaseless power quest of humans and their forbears, the apes!
Visually compelling and script-ually addictive, the movie is a testament to the power of imagination.
Of course, I have minor grouses!
Except for the Gorilla Warfare track, the soundtrack didn’t endear itself much to me.
Folks, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is more than a worthy sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a powerful film that demands your presence at the movie hall.
War is coming!
And so is another sequel! 😉
SI can’t wait!