Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ★★★

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t a bad film, but it is disappointing and dispiriting. It’s a long, downward spiral from a peak of mild diversion to the entropic climax: a mish-mash of spectacular unsurprise, Epic 101 tick-boxes and all watermarked 'Franchise'. Let's hope the inevitable third part doesn't turn out to be such a planet-sized banana skin.

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