WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Matt Reeves
This third, and final film of the franchise, so they say, is the sequel to 2011′s, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and 2014′s, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, both successful films, and this new film, is no exception.
Picking up 15 years after the events in the first film, leader of the apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis), tries to keep life peaceful in the woods with all the surviving apes. That is short lived, as they are attacked by military soldiers who want to be rid of the apes for good. Once they’ve been attacked, it is decided that they will leave their home in the woods, head to the desert, where they can hopefully live in peace.
The night before they leave, Caesar and his clan are once again attacked, and this time the events are even more ruthless. Revenge is all Caesar has on his mind. He has heard of this mysterious Colonel (Woody Harrelson), who has been heading up these attack missions, and heads out to find him. However, things never seem to go as planned, and Caesar and his companions, Maurice, Luca, and Rocket, find themselves at the mercy of the events that follow. Along the way they find a young human girl, and another ape, who is named, Bad Ape, and these two become a part of the journey that lies ahead.
Will Caesar get his revenge? Will ape kind be wiped off the planet for good? To find out how this trilogy ends, I highly recommend…WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES.
There are very few film franchise trilogies that truly are perfect (Star Wars, Toy Story, Back to the Future, just to name a few), and now you can add this trilogy. It has a great “Apocalypse Now” feel to it, the F/X are truly amazing, and once again, Andy Serkis as Caesar, deserves a special award for his outstanding performance in this role. The scenery in is breathtaking, and the story line is solid, which ends the series perfectly. However, even though it is rumored to be the last of this epic series, it could continue, as it has an open ending, but *No Spoilers” here, hehe. I personally believe this to be, the best film of the summer.
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