Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Posted in: The Reel World by Gino Sassani on July 11th, 2014

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. Mark Phillips
    07/11/2014 @ 11:05 am

    Great review, Gino. Can’t wait to see this one.

  2. Brent Lorentson
    07/11/2014 @ 12:43 pm

    Great review Gino, caught it for the second time last night. To kind of fill in the hole about the sign language and speaking, I’m going to take a leap and say that the sign language is really their form of communication and the actual speaking was more so for the sake of the humans. After all the humans were unaware the apes could speak until Caesar spoke to them. But for the continuation of the “human speak” its spoken in a taboo fashion like profanity for them and usually out of anger. For instance the sequence between Koba and Blue Eyes when he speaks about “Human work” he is pointing out his many scars. Just an observation though but I could be wrong.

  3. Gino Sassani
    07/11/2014 @ 12:47 pm

    Mark, thanks for the kind words. We miss your work around these parts.
    Brent, I’d agree with what you’re saying. What I was trying to say is that these are the kinds of nuances that I would have loved to see in a film about settlement of the “Ape City”. Their culture became so rich in that 10 years. I want to see it happen. Thanks for the input 🙂

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