War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves (2017)

134min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Far from a treasonous reboot of a beloved five-film franchise produced in an era - the late 60s and early 70s - when such things were less of a studio reflex, the 21st century Planet of the Apes cycle, running to three instalments, has merits of its own. This titanic third and final chapter, the second to be helmed by co-writer Matt Reeves, approximately retools Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). Here, the intelligent simian tribe led by Caesar (third outing for a motion-captured Andy Serkis) aims to relocate to a promised land, abandoning a forest outpost infiltrated by 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".) Reeves and 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, laced with connections for old-school fans and especially cinematic in the snow, War leaves nothing out there on the pitch, and even hints at another chapter.

Summary

Caesar and his apes are forced into a lethal clash with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel. Fantasy adventure, 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
Drama