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Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes, 7/14/17, PG-13

This is the third installment of the latest Planet of the Apes” series.  Andy Serkis reprises his role of Caesar, leader of the apes.  An illness is infecting humans and killing them and humans are blaming the apes for it so all the apes are in hiding. 

Woody Harrelson plays “The Colonel” and he finds where the apes are hiding and kills two of them in their sleep, thinking he has killed Caesar.  Instead he killed Caesar’s wife and son.  Caesar decides the apes must move somewhere else but he will not go with them so he can get his revenge.

This film really got my attention.  It is amazing that the motion capture of the actor’s faces can project so many emotions.  Andy Serkis can really make you feel something with this technology.  The story moves along really well and kept my interest as new characters were introduced. Woody Harrelson’s character is ruthless to everyone in this film. 

If you have not seen the other two most recent “Planet of the Apes” films there is a quick story review.  But those films are good as well.  I’m not sure if this will only be a trilogy of films, but I would go see another one. 

As the title says this is a war movie.  There are battles during this film with guns blazing and people and apes being shot and killed.  Apes are forced to do manual labor and are held in a camp.  Caesar is tortured.  The final battle scene is massive and destructive.  Some bloody wounds are visible and there are many explosions.  Not much profanity in the film.

War for the Planet of the Apes is rated PG-13 and I am giving it an A-.  


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