War begins in epic new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

The first shots have just been fired in the war between humans and apes.

After becoming one of the most pleasant genre surprises at the movies in 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes jump-started a new era for the classic Apes franchise -- an era that continues this July with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Buzz for the flick was strong from the beginning thanks to the success of its predecessor, and each new bit of footage gives us more reasons to get excited. Now we've got a brand-new, full-length trailer that pretty much cements Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as a must-see genre flick of 2014.

While Rise chronicled the first appearance of apes with advanced intelligence, and their eventual flight to the wilderness to start their own civilization under the leadership of Caesar (Andy Serkis), Dawn takes things in a much more confrontational direction. Set a decade after the first film, it envisions a world in which a large portion of humanity was wiped out by a virus known as Simian Flu. While the apes have built their own civilization away from humanity, many of the human survivors still blame them for the virus and its resulting devastation. Chance encounters between apes and humans raise tensions between the two species, and it becomes clear that, while humans like Malcolm (Jason Clarke) want to maintain peace with the apes, others, like Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), are still bitter and angry and are ready for a war. 

The new trailer does a very nice job of portraying that building tension, as well as capturing the growing intelligence and sensitivity of Caesar and his fellow apes. By the end, you can't wait to see what happens next. Check it out:

And if that wasn't enough for you, you can now also check out the new international trailer for the flick, which follows pretty much the same narrative path, but also features a few extra snippets of footage.

Directed by Matt Reeves (CloverfieldLet Me In), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Judy Greer. It hits theaters July 11.

(Via The Playlist)

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