As we know from the conclusion of the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a simian virus has spread across the planet by the beginning of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, killing off most of humanity and making us wish we had better viral protection instead of opposable thumbs. Dawn is set 10 years after the events of the previous movie. To catch us up on events between the two films, Motherboard, the video channel of Vice magazine, has produced three prequels to Dawn.
These three prequels are set one year after the virus, five years after, and 10 years after, respectively. Each of them is heart-wrenching vignette of loss and a struggle for survival, told with different characters.
In the first, a man, woman and their daughter become separated when one of them contracts the virus. In the second, a girl does what she can to keep herself and her little sister safe.
The third, and most interesting, clip is a story framed by a shotgun. It describes the fate of everyone who owns it, from year one onward. The lone bright spot in all of this gloom? There's a conspiracy theorist whose ramblings turn amusing.
As the story progresses and time passes, it becomes clear how desperate the survivors become. But they always have the gun.
Charlton Heston would approve on so many levels.