War for the Planet of the Apes (3D) is a Hollywood Science Fiction movie
directed by Matt Reeves.
Starring Andy Serkis,Woody Harrelson,Steve Zahn,Amiah Miller,Karin Konoval,Terry Notary,Judy Greer,Max Lloyd-Jones,Aleks Paunovic,Alessandro Juliani,Sara Canning,Woody Harrelson,Amiah Miller,Gabriel Chavarria,Chad Rook.
'War For The Planet Of The Apes':
Emotionally fuelled and visually arresting (Review By Troy Ribeiro,
"War For The Planet of The Apes" is a visually stunning and emotionally
fuelled film. This inter-species survival story, keeping with the
tradition of its earlier two editions, has all the trappings of a
blockbuster film and resonates with all the flavours of its
The tale takes off two years after the events of the 2014 released
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." After the humans were threatened by
the Simian Virus they try to eliminate the apes. Caesar and his tribe
now living in the forest are forced into war by the surviving humans.
To make matters worse for Caesar, the followers of his once assistant,
Koba have now joined the humans for revenge on Caesar.
Learning that the humans, under the leadership of a mysterious
"Colonel", are planning to attack their abode soon, Caesar decides to
relocate his folk across the desert. But the night before he can begin
the move, his home is attacked. His wife Cornelia and eldest son Blue
Eyes are killed by the Colonel but Caesar along with his youngest son
Cornelius survives the attack.
Haunted by the dead Koba's disposition and seething with anger, Caesar
abandons his charges, leaving Cornelius in the care of Lake, the mate
of his lost son. He accompanied by Maurice, Luka and Rocket, go on the
trail, hell bent to make the Colonel suffer. This forms the crux of the
The writing by Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves based on characters created
by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, speaks about the annihilation of the
species and takes inspiration from classics like Apocalypse Now, The
Great Escape and Exodus, in terms of narrative and visuals. Also, with
a fair blend of character traits, the film seems complexed and rounded,
but then overall, you'd find that the sketches are only one-dimensional
and card-board thin. They lack depth except for Caesar.
He is for one, the most interesting hero in recent times. Sympathetic,
considerate and compassionate, he is the opposite of a prototype
Packed with ape-versus-human mayhem and sub-plots that reveal human
attitudes, logic and amusement, the film is conceptually brilliant and
engaging but never inspiring or provoking. Also with a familiarity of
the content, and the slow pace in the second act, the narrative feels a
On the performance front, most of the key characters deliver beyond
expectations. In fact, in a stunning motion-capture interpretation, it
is Andy Serkis as the confused yet sincere Caesar who steals the show.
He is aptly supported by Steve Zahn who gives us a little comic relief
as "Bad Ape". Karin Konoval as the wise and benevolent Maurice and
Terry Notary as Rocket, are noticeable.
Among the humans, Woody Harrelson in a poorly etched role of the
antagonist Colonel, delivers an obligatory performance. Similarly,
Amiah Miller as Nova the bold and kind war orphan whom Maurice adopts
as his daughter is charming. The character has promise but is poorly
Visually the lush green forests, the rustic landscape, the avalanche
and the war scenes are astutely captured by Director of Photography
Michael Seresin's lens. His frames seamlessly merge with the adroitly
crafted computer 3D and Visual Effects created by Visual Effects
Supervisors Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon.
The background score created by Michael Giacchino elevates the viewing
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.