Set 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the third instalment in this blockbuster series takes us to a bleak and eerily familiar future.
Caesar (Andy Serkis) is at the forefront of the war against apes and humans. While trying to protect his kind, he has inadvertently drawn a line between them and the humans. When the humans attack Caesar’s hideout, he seeks revenge against their leader, the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).
Suffering great personal loss and essentially PTSD from his battle against Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar’s emotion gets the best of him as he obsessively pursues the Colonel.
Through breathtaking special effects and beautiful cinematography, Director Matt Reeves shows us once again that the humans are the arseholes. We’re definitely still the best at using captivity to control our enemies. While humans start regressing to their primitive state due to a mysterious illness, apes prove to have more humanity than their (mostly) hairless ancestors.
Alluding to slavery and taking pages from as far as the Bible and Shakespeare, War For the Planet of the Apes, is a thought-provoking and poignant twist on a classic war tale. But even so, I had to stifle a giggle during any scenes where apes rode horses. Something is weird about that…