You Need to Watch These Three Short Films Tied to 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

We’re a little over a week away from the wide release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apesbut these new short films from Fox will help you get up to speed on everything that’s happened since the previous movie ended in under an hour. But first, here's the trailer.


The studio has teamed up with Vice to create a series of short films titled Before the Dawn. The new vignettes showcase how life has changed in the wake of the simian-flu outbreak that decimates humanity by exploring stories set one, five and 10 years after the disease appears. Also included is a trailer for Island of the Apes (watch the full documentary here) -- a Vice documentary about “Monkey Island” – a deserted lab in Liberia that’s been overrun by aggressive chimpanzees. Could this place be ground zero for a real simian-flu epidemic? Check out the films below.

Spread of Simian Flu: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 1)
Directed by Isaiah Seret

Amidst a widespread viral outbreak known as the "simian flu," a mother is quarantined after testing positive for the virus, leaving her husband and daughter to fend for themselves.


Struggling to Survive: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 5)
Directed by Daniel Thron

Five years after the simian flu all but wiped out humanity, an orphaned teenage girl survives by bartering things she has stolen from dead people’s homes.


Story of the Gun: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 10)
Directed by “thirty-two”

Follow the journey of a shotgun through the hands of several ill-fated owners as the simian flu ravages the world around them.

Island of the Apes: Trailer


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