War For The Planet Of The Apes Reviewed by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
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.
The Review
Mo-cap marvel Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves swing back into town with the latest instalment of the Apes franchise - and this time it’s war.
I’m a big fan of the recent re-booted Planet of the Apes series, Rise and Dawn were both gripping movies that set up humanity’s downfall, but War for the Planet of the Apes blew me away.
It just looks so realistic.  Full credit to Weta for creating some spectacular FX - no blurry action, dead eyes and flat wideshots – you can really feel and see the emotion.
And it’s not only a poignant ride; it’s a frequently funny one too, which was a complete surprise. Steve Zahn plays Bad Ape – an escaped zoo chimp Caesar  & co run into – and provides some crack-up comic relief. Woody Harrelson is demented as an Apocalypse Now Colonel Kurtz styled leader and plays off well with the always-reliable Serkis as apes leader Caesar.
After nailing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves returns for the trilogy’s conclusion and really lifts his game. Co-writing War, Reeves balances the humour, the heart, and the pulse-pounding action scenes with aplomb.
What could have been an expected drawn-out dull war between man and ape, plays out like a revenge western - full of nuance and nods to the classic Apes films - that builds brilliantly towards the last epic gunfight. I can’t wait for his take on Batman.

The Verdict
With simply stunningly realistic FX, the finale to the rebooted Apes trilogy is funny, heartfelt and absolutely thrilling. Damn you dirty filmmakers for saving the best till last!
The Trailer


The Info
Releases: 12th July 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 139 minutes
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Sara Canning, Toby Kebbell, Andy Serkis
Director: Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
The Extras
Speaking with MTV, Andy Serkis, was asked about the setting for the upcoming third film and revealed that the third film may not be the conclusion to the franchise. He stated: "It's very, very early in where we choose to drop anchor in the next film. It could be five years after the event, it could be the night after the events of where we left 'Dawn,' so it's very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it's being written as we speak. I know that part of the desire for 'Matt Reeves' to do this next movie is about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve. So I don't think we're going to see a situation where we're jumping....It might be three films, It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? But the journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we're going to end up back at 'The Planet of the Apes,' but whether it's this film or not, I don't know."
Andy Serkis, Terry Notary, and Karin Konoval are the only actors to be in all three of this Planet of the Apes trilogy. Serkis as Caesar, the chimp leader or the apes, Notary as Rocket, a chimp who is one of Caesar's most trusted & faithful followers, and Konoval as Maurice, an orangutan that like Rocket is one of Caesar's most trust & faithful followers. Serkis and Nortay have coincidentally also both played King Kong; Serkis in Peter Jackson's film King Kong (2005) and Nortay in Kong: Skull Island (2017) that same year.
According to director Matt Reeves, the name of the group of rebelling humans are the Alpha & Omega, a reference to the bomb the mutants worshiped in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The logo on their helmets and flag matches the original logo on the bomb.
In the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caeser could only utter a few words, most notably "No!" In the second film, his vocabulary had greatly increased, able to speak in nearly full sentences with syntax and grammar, but still with a rough tone and cadence to his voice. In this film, he is able to speak nearly identical to what a human can produce, indicating his growth into personhood.
In October 2016, it was announced that a fourth Planet of the Apes film is already being planned.
Serkis mentioned that the film will be accompanied by a video game, for which he is performing motion capture
Director Matt Reeves is only the second person to return to direct a PoTA film (the first being J. Lee Thompson).
Will be the 8th feature film in the Planet Of The Apes franchise.
The little girl named Nova is named after the character played by Linda Harrison in the first and second films in the original franchise.
The actor who played Caesar's son Blue Eyes has been changed from Nick Thurston to Max Lloyd-Jones.