Andy Serkis and his simian army face a crimson-red "Dawn"
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“They’re talking Apes!” says one startled human. “With badass spears!” Ten years after the beginning of the ape-ocalypse, as depicted in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, comes the dawn. A “simian flu,” created in a lab, has killed most of the world’s Homo sapiens, and two groups of foragers now occupy the Bay Area. Above, in Muir Woods, are the apes, led by the genetically enhanced chimp Caesar (the great Andy Serkis, transformed by CGI magic). Below, in the wreck of San Francisco, is a ragtag band of human survivors with no electricity and little fuel. Neither group knows of the other until a few humans, seeking to restart a hydroelectric dam up in the forest, encounter a hairier host of primates.