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4 short films to catch before watching 'Dawn of The Planet of The Apes'

By Zaki JufriMovies - 03 July 2014 7:00 AM | Updated 11:29 AM

4 short films to catch before watching 'Dawn of The Planet of The Apes'

‘Rise of The Planet of The Apes’ is perhaps one of the most refreshing reboots of the ‘Planet of The Apes’ story.

2011's ‘Rise' concluded with the apes breaking free from their human captors – just as a deadly human-created virus spread globally.

Caesar, the benevolent ape leader, leads the apes to Muir Woods, a haven outside of San Francisco, where Caesar, then a young chimpanzee, was taken by his human friend Will (James Franco) to escape the confines of the city. 

‘Dawn of The Planet of The Apes’ which opens on 12 July happens 10 years after the events of ‘Rise’.

Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, the movie follows a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar (motion-captured by Serkis), which are 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.

20th Century Fox collaborated with Vice's Motherboard to produce a series of short films that explain how human society has transformed since the end of ‘Rise’.

 

‘Spread of Simian Flu: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 1)’

The first short film takes place just a year after the events of ‘Rise’, which ends with the "Simian Flu" caused by a viral drug, spreading across the world.

The clip features a woman who is quarantined, while her husband and daughter attempt to survive on their own. 

'Struggling to Survive: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 5)'

The second short takes place five years after 'Rise' and it shows the fear of a young girl observing the changing world around her. 

 

 

'Story of the Gun: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 10)'

Taking place right before 'Dawn of The Planet of The Apes', this 13-minute short follows the journey of a shotgun through the hands of several ill-fated owners as the "Simian Flu" ravages the world around them.

 

'The Real Planet of The Apes'

In this documentary, we discover "Monkey Island", an area in remote Liberia inhabited by former lab-tested chimpanzees. As part of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research, also known as Vilab II, the lab produced important breakthroughs in developing treatments for a variety of ailments, including hepatitis.

The lab, which was funded by the New York Blood Center, shut down in the mid-2000s following growing pressure from activists looking to end the use of chimpanzees for research.

Now the lab's apes live on a series of islands that were originally set aside for their retirement.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Drama, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (6 Reviews)