In this AOM show, hosts John Comerford, Sara Stretton, Phil Svitek and Demetri Panos discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began 20th Century Fox's reboot of the original Planet of the Apes series. It is the eighth theatrical film in the franchise. The film was released in the United States on July 11, 2014, and was highly acclaimed, with critics praising its special effects, story, direction, and acting.