It's been five months since 20th Century Fox whet our appetites with a teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so when we heard a new trailer was being released, we got a little excited.
Then we sat down to watch the trailer and were like:
Talk about intense.
When credits rolled on Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, we were left wondering what would happen to Caesar, a super-intelligent chimp, and all his rescued monkey friends now that they had escaped into the Muir forest north of San Francisco.
And we knew things were going to get bad for the humans, what with that pesky man-made virus starting to spread.
But we had no idea when the story would pick up next.
Well, we've got our answer: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes begins a decade after James Franco said goodbye to Caesar beneath the redwoods, and it looks like things have gone from bad to worse.
Oh, yes, Keanu. Much worse.
With Caesar leading the pack, the apes have established an impressive woodland community — complete with a school for the little ones — but a band of human survivors threatens their civilization, leading to all-out war.
Maybe it's humankind's ego that makes us go crazy for dogs in sweaters and cats that dine at the dinner table, but when we saw those apes astraddle those ponies, our jaws just dropped.
Call us sentimental, but when we see a big ol' orangutan teaching young chimpanzees not to kill one another, we get a little choked up. Maybe because we know these primate commandments are only going to last as long as there is a greater threat to their survival: mankind.
Holy cow — we don't know who was more surprised, the hiker or the apes. But when the hiker pulls out his gun? OMG. And when the rest of the apes come swinging over the ridge, surrounding the small band of humans? O. M. G! We totally got the shivers.
Talk about a punch in the gut. James Franco may not have returned for the sequel, but that doesn't mean Caesar isn't thinking about him. The trailer doesn't tell us what happened to Franco's character, but by the way Caesar is looking at that video camera, we're pretty sure it's a tearjerker. Bring the tissue.
Whether you find yourself rooting for the diseased and displaced humans or the intelligent, freedom-fighting apes, you've got to admit that your body experienced a little adrenaline rush at the sight of Caesar painted for battle. A part of you may have even been braced to run, because who in their right mind would look at that face and think, "I'm going to go poke at that with my metal boom-boom stick"?
Apparently the answer is Gary Oldman, whose character seems to be spoiling for a fight.
With all this and more packed into just over two minutes of footage, we're agog with anticipation for this flick to come out.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 11 in 2D and 3D, and stars Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke and Judy Greer, with Andy Serkis as Caesar.
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