Caesar (played Andy Serkis) continues to be on the run with his fellow apes. The group’s goal is to find a location where they can live, away from any problems or further loss of life of his family of apes. This of course, doesn’t last long when a new army of humans led by “The Colonel” (Woody Harrison) begins to increase their presence and continue to attack Caesar’s group. Eventually, Caesar himself suffers loss within his own family. Caesar is now in a very dark place. Pushed to fight, pushed to go to war, he seeks out Vindication.
For those who are not aware, this is now the third film in the reboot trilogy based in the classic film series Planet Of The Apes. And, thankfully this trilogy has no connection to Tim Burton’s attempt back in 2001.
What really surprises me with these films are two key area. Firstly, the CGI. Andy Serkis is once again playing the ape leader Caesar and is incredible. All throughout this film, I couldn’t help admiring the images and CGI. The facial work of the apes is so real and life-like. The second praise point is a compliment about how each film gets bigger and better and I’m not just talking about the action. I’m simply talking about the plot and the increased character development, in particular with Caesar. By this film, Caesar is pushed to the edge and has to make bigger choices, getting forced to do things for the greater good of his own kind. The film also stays true to other past characters (as in other apes) that we’ve seen in the previous films.
I did find War For The Planet Of Apes unpredictable from start to finish. If you’ve ever seen the film’s trailer, forget it. It shows nothing compared to the full film that has been created and the movie is loaded with surprises.
Overall, War For The Planet Apes has truly surprised me, with each film within series continuing to go higher. The franchise shows no sign of struggle in the film plot department. The work conducted by actor Andy Serkis is incredible, with the bonus of the film delivering glorious picture and audio.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden