Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is at its worst when it turns into a generic action movie, one side running and shooting against the other. The rest of the time, it fulfils the promise of its predecessor with a plausible post-apocalyptic world, and a nuanced drama where there are no real bad guys, only bad situations. Well okay, there is one bad guy — and a real duplicitous jerk he is — and there we go back to those action movie clichés and far too sharply pointed metaphors. But its brains win out over its brawn. And the CGI is a lot better this time out, too.