'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Isn't Playing Around in New Clip

The war between man versus ape may be decided on the issue of who is more easily distracted, judging by the brutal new footage.
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Just how dark will the apes’ behavior in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes be? A new clip from next month’s follow-up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes suggests that the answer to that question is “Actually, surprisingly dark.”

The one-and-a-half minute clip, titled “Koba’s Weapon,” shows an ape apparently playing around to entertain two humans until—well, let’s just say that things don’t end too well for the humans this time around.

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What makes the scene notable—aside from the ape killing two humans, of course—is the brutality of the murders; there’s no attempt to soften the killings with catchphrases, comedy or anything to distract from what’s actually happening onscreen. If this is the level of conflict between man and ape on display in the movie, DOPOTA may end up being one of summer’s most winningly grim blockbusters.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, will be released July 11. Watch the clip, courtesy of Total Film Magazine, below.