Considering that it's a film told primarily from the point of view of a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' plot is remarkably pedestrian. The technical merits and performances may well be enough to carry the film but it's a shame that the story is about as considered as that of a 32-bit video game. As franchises go, the Apes series continues to be interesting but let's hope that future incarnations are willing to do something a little less formulaic with the plot.
It's easy to imagine that in a few years time the following conversation will happen in hundreds of homes:
"So did you just go to bed when you came in?"
"Actually no, I turned on the TV and ended up watching this crappy movie."
"What was it?"
"Oh, it was called Penthouse Robbery or Apartment Theft or something."
"I can't remember any of it, but yeah it was actually pretty ok!"
Tower Heist - adequately watchable
Beautiful and tragic; Never Let Me Go is the type of film which creeps up on you and leaves you devastated for hours afterwards. Romanek's take on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel is note perfect - capturing the writer's ability to never force the story, he bravely allows for the impact of the tale be told through the delicate and muted performances of his excellent cast.
Sobering yet essential viewing.