Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) - 3/5 Didn't like it as much as the first one. Rise had a great story arc with action/thrill spanning over the whole course of the film and in different interesting locations. I can't say the same about this one. From the story to the set pieces, everything felt much smaller in scope. Even character-wise (both humans and apes) it was far less compelling. I didn't think they gave Caeser a whole lot to do, especially how well they built him up in Rise. He was sort of the calm wise leader for the most part. It wasn't all bad though. The CGI and the film overall looked amazing. And for a script that didn't have a lot in the way of story building, I thought the director did a good job.