‘Dawn of The Planet of the Apes’ Trailer: Welcome to the Ape-ocalypse

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Things aren’t looking up for humanity. War, famine, and a deadly virus have thinned our numbers, and that’s not even mentioning the army of super-apes waiting in the wings to demount man from its place at the top of the food chain and become the new apex predator. If you’re at all familiar with the Planet of the Apes series, then you know things don’t fall in man’s favor when all is said and done, but everything sure looks tense and exciting on the path to humanity’s destruction. The first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is here, and the film looks to start up eight years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The virus we saw at the tail end of the first movie appears to have bloomed into a full-blown plague, and Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke seem to be just barely getting by after years of war and disease. Clarke goes to talk to Caesar (the head ape mo-capped by the talented Andy Serkis), but the face paint and the simmering simian glares tell me that Caesar and his army of apes aren’t really in the mood to sit down and chew the fat over drinks — unless it’s chewing human fat that is.

In addition to the trailer, we’ve also got our hands on a new viral video from the film that takes the form of a nicely produced PSA for the film’s viral outbreak, Simian Flu. The clip gives us some statistics about the outbreak in a nicely minimalist format, and the numbers don’t look good. The PSA is pretty much a stylish way to inform the viewer that they’re basically screwed. At the very least, you can take solace in the fact that some talented graphic designers found some work in the middle of the ape-ocalypse.