My dad emailed me his thoughts on the recently and unfortunately released, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’
I saw the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie and was disappointed. Yes, the animation is great, although you can still see it is animation. Graphically, the film is not bad at all. Scientifically, it is immature, naive, illogical, and bereft of any common sense left, right, up, and down.
Amazingly, in the short span of just 10 years, the apes seem to have achieved an intelligence almost on par with the humans, including speech, both in sign language and vocal, and mastered the English language.
In spite of having a completely non-technological stone age culture almost devoid of any tools, they also seem to have mastered firearms cowboy-style (galloping on horses with blazing automatic guns, one in each hand), operating a video recorder, and using most tools and devices they captured from the humans – all this learning happening seemingly out of the blue, the instant they get their hands on those things, and without any learning or training. Miraculous!
San Francisco looks so decrepit, decayed, and dilapidated after just ten short years that it makes the worst slum seem like the 5th Avenue in comparison. In spite of the utter decay and neglect portrayed in the movie, the hydroelectric power station starts generating power to San Francisco literally at the flick of a switch once the humans make a minor fix to the dam. The list of ridiculous and improbable – if not plainly impossible – situations is too long to enumerate.
Any sci-fi story has the right to start with some outlandish premise, but the plot that follows has to remain consistent, logical, and make sense. Miracles and out-of-the-sleeve unexplained tricks do not add to the credibility of the story. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, like almost any other sci-fi movie Hollywood ever made, has not failed to fall into the trap of science illiteracy and lack of common sense plausibility.
I forbid you to watch this movie.