Director :Matt Reeves
Producer(s) : Peter Chernin,Dylan Clark,Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Main Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn
Genre : Sci-Fi/Action
Release Date : July 14, 2017
Music Director : Michael Giacchino
Awesome-o-metre : 7.5/10
REVUE OF WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
A battle for supremacy rages between the Humans and the Apes because there is a rogue virus killing off the human race and making the apes smarter. Ceaser (Andy Serkis) leads the Apes against the mysterious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his army who want to wipe out all Apekind.
I dare say War For The Planet of The Apes is one of the most fitting conclusions to a movie franchise in recent times, comparable to the Logan conclusion to the X-men Series. The film wasn’t as much about gore, bloodbath and extensive motion capture visual effects as it is a deep drama about loyalty, trust and leadership. I happened upon a cinemagoer saying the film was s**t and that person couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The storyline about a rogue virus wiping out mankind isn’t novel but HOW this storyline was applied is what makes the movie stand out. The killer virus is actually a subplot with the real story being Ceaser torn between his loyalty to his kind and his endearment with the humans for whom he has a soft spot especially with the arrival of an orphaned little girl called Nova.
The acting (though captured with Motion Censor CGI) was indeed powerful, Andy Serkis was able to transmit the myriad of emotions he was enduring despite being behind an ape mask. Andy’s interpretation of the role and script was really outstanding and shows why he is such a great actor. Talking about great acting, make sure look out for the “Bad Ape” who is an Ape who has hung around humans wayyy too much and has imbibed a lot of human characteristics, he was funny and never failed to crack me up. He was the humor highlight of the whole film.
However, I must say that there were stretches of the film where it seemed there was nothing happening, but just be patient because the film is a slow burner that though never really heats up but maintains a steady tempo which climaxes in one of the best conclusions you will see. Somehow, the movie producers were able to sneak in some scenes that allude to racism and treachery amongst a race.
Even though I am a huge fan of the previous reboot that starred Mark Wahlberg, this Planet of The Apes series wasn’t bad and may even stand up to the previous one in stature. I hope it’s not just me that likes Planet of The Apes this much so please leave your comment below in the comment section or on my Twitter or Facebook page and let me know what you think about this film.
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