Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)



For years now, Hollywood’s obsession with “reboots” has embodied, along with the endless glut of sequels and remakes, the industry’s exhausting refusal to try anything new or original, coasting instead on past successes and established brands. The most egregious example is the Spider-Man franchise, which burned out after three films, only to get a reboot a mere dozen years after it started, recycling much of the same origin story, characters, and narrative beats, but there have been others: The Pink Panther, Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Man of Steel, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, etc. But there are exceptions to every unfortunate trend, from the sequel (The Dark Knight) to the remake (True Grit) to the reboot, and with the second film in the new Planet of the Apes series rolling into theaters this week, perhaps something can be…

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