Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Synopsis: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
Director(s): Matt Reeves
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 47 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

If you have a fever and cough

or sore throat...

Stay home.

I'd say 95% chance this is manufactured.

Came out of a laboratory.

The source of the virus was traced back...

To drug testing done at

gen-sys laboratories in San Francisco.

The lab technician now known

as patient zero...

Was accidentally exposed to

retrovirus alz-113...

An Alzheimer's trial drug

that was being tested on chimpanzees.

The infected chimps showed signs

of erratic and aggressive behavior...

That led to their escape from the facility.

The now-famous incident

on the golden gate bridge...

A six-hour standoff with police...

Ended with the apes disappearing

into muir woods.

Emergency rooms are being overwhelmed

with patients showing signs...

Of what's being dubbed

"the simian flu."

The CDC is projecting a fatality toll...

Ranging from 5 million

to as many as 150 million...

In the next 6 to 8 months.

Anyone showing signs of a contagious illness

will receive special treatment here...

The airport's purpose-built

quarantine center.

Many of the new arrivals are children

who have lost contact with their parents.

The mandatory quarantines

have sparked civil unrest.

Families are being ripped apart.

Containment is not very likely.

Prepare your families.

Know your evacuation route.

The survival rate is now

approximately 1 in 500.

Violence erupted in the city center tonight.

The third incident in as many days.

Martial law has been declared in 28 nations...

Including the U.S. and Canada.

The reactor is overheating.

We can't stop a meltdown.

Just a total collapse of anything

resembling civilian order.

Due to the extremity of the

simian flu crisis...

All regular government functions

have been suspended indefinitely.

Those who aren't killed by the virus...

Will probably die in the fighting.

So, maybe this is it.

This is how it ends.

Pretty soon...

There won't be anyone left.


They are close.


Now, father?

Son, stay...

Thank you, koba.

Think before you act, son.

Don't feel bad, blue eyes...

Scars make you strong.

Come meet your new brother.

Another son.

Makes me think how far we've come,


Seems long ago.

Still think about them?



Didn't know them like you did.

Only saw their bad side.

Good, bad... doesn't matter now.

Humans destroyed each other.

Apes fight too.

But we are family.

Wonder if they're really all gone.

Ten winters now...

Last two... no sign of them.

They must be gone.

That bear wouldn't get me blue eyes. I'm quick!

Shut up, ash!

Oh, God.

It's okay.

It's okay. It's okay.







Over here!

I shot him! I shot him.

They shot ash! Shot my son!

Rocket, wait...

We don't mean any harm!

They're apes, man. You think

they understand what you're saying?

Do they look like just apes to you?


Malcolm, what are you doing?

- Dad?

- Malcolm.

It's okay.

Put your guns down.

- You can't be serious.

- Do it.


Holy sh*t.

Okay. Okay, we're going.



Go, go, go!

My bag!




Did you find it?

We need to talk.

What? What's wrong?

The dam is pretty much intact.

It could probably start generating

power for us within a week.

But there is a problem. Get in.

I shot him.

I was scared.

I didn't know what to do.

Jesus Christ.

How many were there?

A lot. Like, 80.

- At least.

- Okay...

You're not hearing what he's saying.

They spoke!

That is not possible.

I'm telling you, Dreyfus,

they did and it was incredible.

Incredible? They're talking apes!

- With big-ass Spears!

- Please!

I don't know exactly what you think

you saw or heard...

But you have to calm down, okay?

What about the virus, Ellie?

Any chance of contagion?

We're all genetically immune

or we would've been dead a long time ago.

You don't know that for sure.

She worked with the CDC.

She knows.

What are we gonna do?

I don't know.

We need that power.

He could've killed us, but he didn't.

Maybe he kept us alive,

so they could follow us.

They find out where we are,

and they kill us all!

What do you mean, "he"?

That's what we're trying to tell you.

It was unlike anything you've

ever seen before, and the leader...

He was remarkable.


- Is that what you thought?

- It's what we saw.

Yeah, it's what we all saw.

Not a word of this back at the colony,

you understand me?

Not a word

until we can figure out what to do.

- You gotta be kidding.

- No, I'm not kidding.

I don't want to create a panic.

How are you doing, pal?

Are you okay?

- I dropped my bag.

- I know.

- Was your sketchbook in there?

- It's gone.

Carver just told me we're not gonna tell

anybody what happened up there.

Not yet. No.

Must attack them now!

Before they attack us!

We don't know how many there are.

How many guns they have?

Or why they came up here?

They shot your son, rocket!

Don't you want to fight?

I follow Caesar.

Koba's right!

They almost killed you, ash!


If we go to war...

We could lose all we've built...




I will decide by morning.


For years I was a prisoner in their lab...

They cut me...

Tortured me.

You freed me.

I would do anything you ask.

But we must show strength!

We will, koba.

Coming through. Coming through.

That's a hell of a lot more than eighty!



Do not want war...

But will fight...

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Mark Bomback

Mark Bomback (born August 29, 1971) is an American screenwriter, originally from New Rochelle, New York. Bomback is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied English Literature and Film Studies. more…

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