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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Clip: Koba Isn’t Monkeying Around

Who knew that one of our most anticipated films of the summer would be the eighth entry in the increasingly convoluted but consistently fantastic ‘Planet of the Apes’ series? All of the trailers for director Matt Reeves‘ ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ have shown off a film that seemingly retains everything that made ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ so great while ditching everything that didn’t quite work. A new clip from the film has arrived and it’s everything we want from a new ‘Apes’ film — morbidly funny, technically accomplished and just downright scary.

The star of the scene isn’t Andy Serkis’ chimp leader, Caesar, or even human stars Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke, it’s Koba, the scarred, grizzled ape who was first introduced in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’ A veteran of the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Koba is one of Caesar’s best soldiers and as you can see in the clip, he’s not above fighting dirty to get the job done.

What’s so great about this clip is how it showcases the apes as tacticians. Koba reads the situation, misrepresents himself and his intentions and gets his human enemies to lower their guards before going in for the kill. It’s no wonder these guys ultimately take over the the planet and reduce human beings to a slave race.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ rides into battle (and theaters) on July 11, 2014.

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