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War for the Planet of the Apes

War For The Planet Of The Apes
Directed By: Matt Reeves

The Story
]War For The Planet Of The Apes's is the Dark Knight of the Ape trilogy. It's dark, grounded (as far as a ape movie goes), and character driven. The story really does reach new heights in this movie, and although there is less action than the previous two movies, it's a hell of a lot more powerful.

Movie Trivia;
While promoting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Andy Serkis was asked if the AlZ-113 drug had also affected apes outside of Caesar's tribe. Director Matt Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback took note of this, which led to the introduction of "Bad Ape" in this film.

In October 2016, it was announced that a fourth Planet of the Apes film was already being planned.

According to director Matt Reeves, the name of the group of rebelling humans are the Alpha and Omega, a reference to the bomb the mutants worshiped in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). The logo on their helmets and flag matches the original logo on the bomb.

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 giant "X"s that the humans use to tie up the apes outside their camp are the same design as the "X"s used as markers to The Forbidden Zone in the original Planet of the Apes (1968).
The Cast
The cast are fantastic. Andy Serkis is brilliant as always as Caesar. But it's Woody Harrelson that steals the show here. He's fantastic as the colonel, and he's perfect for the crazed leader obsessed with wiping out the Ape's. He's one of my favourite actors out there, so it was great to see him in this movie and back in a major role.

Movie Highlight
My movie highlight isn't a particular scene, but it's the whole look and feel of the movie. As I mentioned above the movie feels very powerful. It's emotional, it has a little humour, and it has a little action, but it really does seem to nail everything rather cleverly.

My Verdict
Overall this was a fantastic movie. It surprised me just how much this movie was centred around it's characters rather than go full blown action, which is actually rather refreshing for a summer blockbuster. It's a movie with heart, its a movie with suspense, and it's a movie that tops off a rather impressive trilogy.