I’ve come to the conclusion that the people I work with typically hate action films, comic book movies, and anything sci-fi related that doesn’t have the name Kubrick attached to it. Oh, not here at Simplistic Reviews. Justin, Matt and Neal share most of my sensibilities when it comes to those genres. I’m talking about the people I work with at my 9 to 5 job. They find no joy in the purely joyful, childhood dream come true that is The Avengers. They shrug their shoulders mockingly at Chris Nolan’s unfathomable feat of inserting realism and grittiness into the world of a character named Batman. They find zero nostalgic fun from Predators, are blind to the poetic pathos and tension of Star Treks old and new, laugh at the lessons of Star Wars, roll their eyes at the awe of Jurassic Park, and find Bond and Bourne films to be just boring. Why? It could be because cynicism is the cool thing now a days. It could be that they get off on giving me a hard time…which is what I suspect it is. However, I like to think it is because they’ve been conditioned to believe that QUALITY is an adjective solely reserved for foreign films with subtitles and artsy black and white indies directed by strangely dressed auteur directors. To them, QUALITY is something that has been absent in so many of the films in those genres over the years, that all in those genres must be lacking in it. I can do nothing to convince those people that you can have the same level of QUALITY filmmaking from an action film or a comic book film or a sci-fi film as you can from a drama directed by Terrence Malick. I can do nothing to convince them of the possibility that there are action films and sci-fi films and comic book films that can reach the same level of QUALITY story and performances as an AFI top 100 film. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is definitely one of those films. It has a lot going against it and it succeeds on every level anyway. Why? You guessed it. The level of QUALITY.