War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves (2017)

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Our Score
Far from a treasonous reboot of the beloved five-film franchise of the 1960s and 70s, the 21st century Planet of the Apes cycle has merits of its own. Approximately retooling 1973's Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), this third and final chapter sees Caesar (a motion-captured Andy Serkis) and his intelligent simian tribe attempting to relocate to a promised land to escape the paramilitary troops of Woody Harrelson's genocidal, Kurtz-like Colonel. (Cross-species antipathy is summed up by a grunt's Vietnam-styled helmet scrawled with the words "Monkey killer".) Director Matt Reeves and his co-writer Mark Bomback introduce allusions to fascism and slavery, with mutant humans in chains and subjugated apes referred to as "donkeys", before a spectacularly pyrotechnic battle between two armies brings the saga to a close. Operatic in scale and laced with connections for old-school fans, the film leaves nothing out there on the pitch, and even hints that there may be more to follow.


A devastating conflict erupts between humans and intelligent primates in a post-apocalyptic future. The leader of the apes is determined to make peace and prove his people are not savages - but a tragic course of events leaves him wrestling with a desire for revenge. Sci-fi adventure sequel, the conclusion of the trilogy of prequels to the 1968 movie. Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn.

Cast & Crew

Caesar Andy Serkis
The Colonel Woody Harrelson
Bad Ape Steve Zahn
Maurice Karin Konoval
Nova Amiah Miller
Rocket Terry Notary
Koba Toby Kebbell
Cornelia Judy Greer
Red Donkey Ty Olsson
Lake Sara Canning
Blue Eyes Max Lloyd-Jones
Director Matt Reeves
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jul 2017