Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The ALZ-113 virus, or Simian Flu, was developed by scientists in order to cure Alzheimer’s disease. In clinical trials it succeeded in enhancing the intelligence of apes. However, it eventually proved lethal for humans.

As the virus spreads there is a global crisis, with civil unrest and economic collapse eventually causing the decline of the human race. A small number of humans who are genetically immune to the virus manage to survive and live in a guarded town in San Francisco.

In the woods close by, the apes have made their home. Led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), they are angered when they discover that the humans want access to their territory in order to repair a hydroelectric dam that would supply them with power. A small band of humans arrive, led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke), and plead to be allowed in.

Caesar agrees, but some of the apes, including Koba (Toby Kebbell), are suspicious of the humans and become determined to resist them. The two species vie for dominance and struggle to find a peaceful means of co-existence. Against a backdrop of mutual suspicion, war seems inevitable.

What are some of the bigger questions to consider from this film?

1. Where can we find true forgiveness?  (Acts 2:38 & 13:38, Matthew 18:21-22)

2. What is the priority of family in your life? (Exodus 20:12, Colossians 3:18-21)

3. Where can we find hope in this broken world? (Acts 24:14-16, Romans 8:24)

Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.