Since 2009, the Planet of the Apes franchise has been on a strong uphill climb in terms of both quality and box office success. Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooted the series and brought the character of ape-genius Caeser into the hearts of many an audience member. The ongoing narrative began with humans developing a ‘cure’ for the brain to stop the effects of ageing, but a group of scientists were testing the serum on animals first. Caeser the ape showed brain activity beyond that of both his kind and humanity, and reached the milestone of being able to speak complex language (English) in a short time. Following on from the conflict between apes, led by Caeser, and men in the first film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2011) showed the primates had developed to the point of having their own community, whilst also demonstrating the enhancements of the technology used to create the apes in the film – that were starting to look more and more lifelike. War for the Planet of the Apes marks the the final chapter of this current trilogy and is expected to provide a somewhat of an ending to the events started in Rise.
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Director Matt Reeves, who is currently at work on The Batman with Ben Affleck, climbs back into the director’s chair following his fantastic effort with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and his understanding of the characters and continuing direction of the story. Woody Harrelson takes over as the central human figure of interest, with the emphasis being placed on war and conflict this time around, his character Colonel .. presents nothing but a threat to Caeser’s (Andy Serkis) Apes.
… challenges Caeser to battle with his own darker side, following the ape’s largest slew of casualties, which ultimately sees the primate leader choosing to wage a fight to avenge his fallen comrades.
Official Synopsis and Trailer:
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
In War, the Ape population is on the rise while the numbers of humans left on the planet is falling rapidly and the Colonel along with his forces are fighting for the survival of their species. No doubt, the new film will raise the stakes higher than ever before, and it will definitely be the darkest of the series yet due to the nature of the themes it has to tackle.
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War for the Planet of the Apes is showing in cinemas now.