War for the Planet of the Apes
|War for the Planet of the Apes|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Matt Reeves|
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$174.9 million|
War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), it is the third installment in the Planet of the Apesreboot series. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn, and follows the confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth. Like its predecessor, its premise shares several similarities to the fifth film in the original series, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, but it is not a direct remake of that film.
Principal photography began on October 14, 2015, in Vancouver. War for the Planet of the Apes premiered in New York City on July 10, 2017 and was released in the United States on July 14, 2017, by 20th Century Fox.The film has grossed over $174 million and received critical praise, with many critics highlighting the acting (particularly Serkis), story, musical score, action sequences and direction, and some calling it one of the strongest-ever conclusions to a film trilogy.
Some time after the U.S. military was called to fight off an increasingly intelligent and dangerous army of apes, the apes’ clan, led by the chimpanzee Caesar, is attacked in the woods by a paramilitary faction known as Alpha-Omega. AO also has in its service apes that previously followed Koba, a human-hating bonobo who led a failed coup against Caesar. Some of the AO militants, including the gorilla Red, are captured and reveal that Alpha-Omega follows the leadership of a ruthless Colonel. Caesar releases the prisoners as a peace offering to the humans, but makes plans to relocate the clan across the desert, not wanting to suffer any more ape casualties. The night before their journey, Alpha-Omega infiltrates the apes’ base and the Colonel kills Caesar’s wife, Cornelia, and their elder son, Blue Eyes.
Leaving behind his younger son, Cornelius, Caesar departs to exact revenge on the Colonel. He is accompanied by Maurice the orangutan, Luca the gorilla and Rocket the chimpanzee, while the other apes head for the desert. Caesar’s party confronts traitorous albino gorilla Winter in an Alpha-Omega camp and learn that the Colonel has departed for a location called the “border”. Caesar inadvertently kills Winter, which causes him to worry that he is becoming like Koba.
During their journey, they encounter a man living in an abandoned village and kill him when he reaches for his rifle. After discovering his daughter, who is apparently unable to speak, Maurice insists that they take her with them. Further along, they discover some Alpha-Omega soldiers who have been shot and abandoned. Their examination of a survivor reveals that he, like the girl, cannot speak. Later the group meets Bad Ape, a chimpanzee hermit who lived in the Sierra Zoo before the Simian Flu pandemic. Bad Ape directs them to the border, a former weapons depot that was turned into a quarantine facility when the virus first began to spread.
When the group arrives at the border facility, Luca is killed protecting Caesar from an Alpha-Omega patrol, motivating Caesar to proceed alone. However, he is captured by Red after witnessing the rest of his ape clan being forced to build a wall with no food or water. The Colonel reveals to Caesar that the Simian Flu virus has mutated and now causes humans who survived the original strain to devolve, becoming mute and regress back to a primitive state, and that he is barricading himself in the facility to fend off rival military forces coming to defeat him because he favors killing any infected humans – including his own son – to stop the spread of the virus.
While Caesar is tortured with starvation, the mute girl, whom Maurice names Nova, sneaks into the facility to give him food and water. To prevent her from being discovered, Rocket allows himself to be captured as a diversion. Together, Caesar and Rocket are able to work out a means of escape via an underground tunnel that leads out of the facility. Maurice and Bad Ape use the tunnel to rescue the apes, and Caesar orders the others to escape while he goes to confront the Colonel. As the facility comes under attack by the rival military forces, Caesar reaches the Colonel, but realizes that he has been infected by the mutated virus.
Cast of Apes
- Andy Serkis as Caesar, an intelligent common chimpanzee who is leader to a tribe of genetically enhanced apes.
- Steve Zahn as Bad Ape, a common chimpanzee who lived in a zoo before the Simian Flu outbreak and was a hermit before joining Caesar’s group.
- Karin Konoval as Maurice, a wise and benevolent Bornean orangutan who is Caesar’s adviser.
- Terry Notary as Rocket, a common chimpanzee who is Caesar’s brother-figure.
- Ty Olsson as Red, a Western lowland gorilla who was once a follower of Koba, now serving the Colonel to defeat Caesar. Olsson previously played Chief Hamill in Rise.
- Michael Adamthwaite as Luca, a Western lowland gorilla in Caesar’s tribe.
- Toby Kebbell reprises his role as Koba from Dawn, appearing in Caesar’s hallucinations.
- Judy Greer as Cornelia, Caesar’s wife.
- Sara Canning as Lake, a common chimpanzee in Caesar’s tribe, who’s also  Blue Eyes’ mate and later Cornelius’s caretaker.
- Max Lloyd-Jones as Blue Eyes, Caesar and Cornelia’s oldest son.
- Devyn Dalton as Cornelius, Caesar and Cornelia’s youngest son and Blue Eyes’s younger brother. Dalton previously played Cornelia in Rise.
- Aleks Paunovic as Winter, an albino Western lowland gorilla in Caesar’s tribe who sided with the Colonel out of fear
If you like this franchise then you should love this movie. I didn’t love this one. I only liked it, mainly because I’m just not into the whole idea of it. That isn’t to say it isn’t a solid, entertaining flick. I just don’t get it. It was worth the price of a ticket, and had great special effects throughout. I will give it 3.5 stars, because it held my attention until the end, and wasn’t boring. Monkey see, monkey do. – MR