Marlborough Mid-Week : July 16th 2014
NEWS/REVIEW MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, JULY 16, 2014 13 Clarke shines through again NOW SHOWING BY MATT LAWREY Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (M) **** (out of five) If there is one kind of animal that I have mixed feelings about, it’s apes. Like most people I think they’re awesome and I feel grateful to them on a cellular level for whatever part it was they played in our evolutionary process. As a kid I went through a stage where I was mad about monkeys and once at Singapore zoo I was lucky enough to cuddle a young orangutan, which was pretty special. Monkeys in the wild, however, are very different and quite scary beasts. I know this because once I was cycling through a jungle in Malaysia when I saw a big bunch of apes hanging out in trees only metres from the road. Being a friendly fellow, I gave them a big wave and yelled ‘‘Hi there monkeys!’’ The monkeys responded by screaming at me, baring their fangs, leaping out of the trees and chasing me down the road. Seriously, it was one of the scariest experiences of my life. I share this tale of terror with you because if you’re not into primates, you might want to skip Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel to 2011’s Rise of Pla- net of the Apes, this film opens in a world where humanity has been all but wiped out by a virus. A village of super smart apes, meanwhile, is happily living in a forest not far from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Led by Caesar, the charismatic chimp from the first film, the apes are living in harmony Tricky spot: Jason Clarke finds himself in a sticky situation in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. with nature while exercising their newfound mental muscles. All is well until one day a bunch of armed humans wander into their forest and create chaos in the ape community. Once again Caesar is digitally brought to miraculous life by the wonderful Andy Serkis of Gollum fame. This time round Caesar is even more lifelike although he is almost outstaged by his agro right-hand man Koba played by Toby Kebbell. The humans include up and coming Australian actor Jason Clarke as a decent bloke named Take the time to volunteer in our community Volunteer Marlborough provides a matching service, helping those people in the community who wish to volunteer to find a suitable role with one of the many of the voluntary organisations that serve Marlborough. They also run a comprehensive and helpful range of training. This week we run the first in a series letting potential volunteers know how they can help out. Upcoming events needing volunteers: Women’s Refuge street appeal on July 18. Long-term opportunities: Friends for Friendship programme at IHC. Dinner leader and general help at John’s Kitchen. Shop sorter and customer ser- vice at Salvation Army. Tutors at SeniorNet. Youth mentors at Presbyterian Support. Home visitors at Red Cross. Saturday game help at Marlbor- ough Netball. Budget advisers at Marlbor- ough Budgeting Service. Day programme assistant at Totara Club. Special opportunities: Shop assistant at Red Cross. Day programme assistant at Alzheimers Marlborough. Friend of the emergency depart- ment at the Wairau Hospital. ❚ Visit volunteermarlborough.org.nz for more information or contact Volunteer Marlborough on 03 577 9388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ❚ If your organisation would also like to advertise a volunteer opportunity or event in this column and on the Volunteer Marlborough website, please contact them. Malcolm, Keri Russell as his partner and Kodi Smit-McPhee as his son. Gary Oldman also appears as Dreyfus, the leader of a human colony clinging to survival in what remains of downtown San Fran. For a film about brainy monkeys, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes itself very seriously. In fact, so much time is given to apes debating and discussing things with subtitles appearing beneath them, you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a foreign film. However, it does deliver in the action stakes with some impress- ive battles scenes featuring machine gun blazing apes on horseback. The script is sharp despite the human characters being underwritten, a fact partly disguised by smart casting. Russell and SmitMcPhee are underused but Oldman adds gravitas and Clarke gives his very promising career another boost. Riveting as a torturer in Zero Dark Thirty and compelling as the guy who killed Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, Clarke has talent to burn. The guy exudes a rare mixture of masculinity, intelligence, soulfulness and melancholy, and is perfectly cast as a man desperately trying to do the right thing. Praise too for director Matt Ree- ves. An old friend of J J Abrams, Reeves helmed the excellent Cloverfield and well-received Let Me In. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a thoughtfully put together film and a big step up from its predecessor. I’m picking Reeves will be one in-demand director from here on in. Bottom line: impressive. Awards recognise unsung heroes The time has come again for Marlborough residents to recognise the dedication of their voluntary groups, and nominate entries for the Trustpower Marlborough Community Awards. Run in partnership with the Marlborough District Council, the awards are open to all voluntary groups and organisations. Anyone can enter a voluntary organisation or they can enter themselves. More than $5000 is up for grabs. Last year 59 groups were entered, and Trustpower community relations representative Jess Somerville is looking forward to seeing even more recognition for unsung heroes. ‘‘Voluntary groups are a formidable force of good in the Marlborough community and everyday members benefit from their hard work. From the teams that work behind the scenes at community events to the supportive coaches on the sidelines to the tireless fundraising teams – volunteers are in every corner of this region,’’ Jess says. The awards is a way to say thank you to these volunteers On top: Mistletoe Bay Trust were the winners of the 2013 Trustpower Marlborough Community Awards. who work hard to improve the community, she says. The awards cover five categories: Heritage and environment, health and wellbeing, arts and culture, sport and leisure and education and child/youth development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the supreme winner will take home $1500 and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s supreme winner was the Mistletoe Bay Trust, who also took out the national award. ❚ Entries are open until 5pm on August 15, entry forms are available from council offices or can be completed online at trustpower.co.nz/ communityawards. Entry forms can also be received by calling Jess on 0800 871 111.
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