War For The Planet Of The Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Gabriel Chavarria, Judy Greer
Genre: Action Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2017 140 mins. (12A)
Released by 20th Century Fox
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are taking over the world, replacing humans, decimated by a viral invasion as the dominant species. Is this to be be humanity's last stand?
Caesar haunted by the violence and slaughter seeks peace and tolerance but the human military are intent on killing the respected leader of the apes. When death touches Caesar's family the path opens for revenge and so begins the 3rd chapter in the franchise. Having suffered huge losses, the apes retreat to safety and Caesar vows to avenge his species. With Rocket (Terry Notary), Luca (Michael Adamthwaite) and second-in-command Orangutan Maurice (Karin Konoval) they begin a journey into darkness to confront the Colonel, played with ruthless intent by Woody Harrelson with more than a nod to 'Apocalypse Now' (Francis Ford Coppola,1979), Colonel Kurtz and even Jimi Hendrix, jumps in with 'Hey Joe.' It's a fight for the survival of the species but don't expect a crazy western style shoot out finale. It's far better.
Tremendous action sequences, great cinematography (Michael Seresin) a rousing musical score (Michael Giacchino) all topped by the brilliant Andy Serkis, who with every gesture and facial expression, brings Caesar to life, makes 'War For The Planet of The Apes' a wow, epic blockbuster triumph.