War for the Planet of the Apes

PLOT:

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.

What people are saying:

War for the Planet of the Apes is an excellent closing act to this rebooted trilogy, but also one that does enough world-building that the series can potentially continue from here – and it’s a rare case where, after three movies, we’re left wanting more” 4 1/2 stars

“With its allusions to Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, the Bible, American slavery and the civil-rights movement, “War” may not be subtle but it’s ultimate proof that summer sequels and blockbusters don’t have to be brain-dead bottom-feeders either.” 4 stars

“Let me start by saying I have seen all the Apes movies, and enjoyed most of them. Sitting in the theater, it didn’t take me long to realize I had been betrayed by the critics who were apparently enthralled by some progressive message or other. The movie was not complete rubbish; the effects and acting were good. The script, however, was miserable; the most improbable series of unlikely events…each one telegraphed, each one somehow coming to pass despite it being the easiest most lazily written way. The musical score was supposed to make me sad, and indeed I mourned my wasted afternoon. The worse thing about War of the Planet of the Apes was it was nearly joyless. I didn’t care if any of the characters would die, didn’t care when they did die. The best thing about this movie was it finally ended. I considered booing. ” 2 stars

“Goes on and on and on and on and ….well you get the point. Then about 15 mins from the end it thinks how do we rid the Earth of mankind? Oh I know there’s that leaking fuel bowser that if it explodes will surely set of a chain of explosions that will destroy one human army. Oh and its been pretty snowy lately so lets let a biblical avalanche destroy the other human army whilst the apes shimmy up the trees for safety. And after that we’ll have a quick trek over a mountain until we find Centerparcs. Masterpiece ? Yeah sure.” 2 1/2 stars

“It’s frustrating to see the diminishing box office return on the third installment in this series. It’s hard to get studios to invest large amounts in original works; understandably so, when considering the amount of risk involved in blockbuster movies. What the audience often receives, then, is a cookie-cutter, generally enjoyable movie that lacks the passion and punch of the director. The Apes trilogy was in my opinion, the spiritual successor to the Dark Knight trilogy, in which enormously talented and creative directors found a way to combat this trend from within, pouring their identity into a previously campy franchise, taking a serious look at a silly premise to explore new and interesting themes. Much like Dark Knight Rises, War is the weakest entry in the trilogy, but brings the same high standard overall quality of product between effects, script, atmosphere, themes, and acting. I enjoyed that War introduced more humor than I remember in the previous entry, and once I got over the initial surprise of the inaccurate title, I appreciated that the final entry went big by going small.” 4 1/2 stars

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