Aping the past: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”


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It’s been four years since “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves last cinematic outing, “Let Me In” — an English-language remake of Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s vampiric coming-of-age film. While there will always be film aficionados who insist the original take of a film presents its truest form, I felt Reeves’ reboot wrought a kinetic, more universal telling of the tale and that Reeves created an instant classic of the horror genre. My respect for “Let Me In” was immense. Over the decades, Reeves has paid his dues in Hollywood and his career has veered from comedy (“The Pallbearer,” an early and soon-to-be infrequent outing by “Friends” star David Schwimmer) to helming one of the first features to bring the now largely defunct “shaky cam” (thank goodness) effect to big screen: his clever, if Dramamine-deserving, alien-invasion film “Cloverfield.” Capable of delivering both drama with sensitivity and visceral shock, Reeves seemed an excellent choice for…

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