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Franchise Detours

May 26, 2023

Prior to its release, no one quite knew what to make of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But after it became one of 2011's biggest surprise hits, it was clear just how much life was left in the decades-old sci-fi franchise. With its sequel, returning star Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) raised the emotional stakes and spectacle even higher.

Jason from Binge Movies makes his long-awaited Franchise Detours debut to dig into 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We'll discuss what Reeves -- who, most recently, put his stamp on The Batman -- brings to the franchise, Serkis' stunning (and awards-worthy) lead performance as Caesar, and why Dawn doesn't receive the credit it deserves.

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