A third in the latest of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ series and this a good one.
It’s mind-blowing perfect angles make every single scene worth watching in close detail. The cinematography is insane. Too see how far the films have come in recent years with ‘rise’, ‘dawn’ and now ‘war’- each one for me brings the audience more and more involved with this alternate reality that seems even more likely to happen.
The story is set out 15 years later after the latest spread of the virus which started killing humans. The latest adaptation has started to take away humans ability to speak, returning them to the beginning and taking away what the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) believes is ‘what makes us human’. This of course leads to this issue of: what is person-hood? Would this lead us to simply being overtaken by apes if they themselves developed speech as in the film? However you may view it, the film takes us into a compelling story of the evolution of mankind.
What derives from The Colonel not liking this idea of ‘being overrun by apes’ is mass genocide of those who have this speech problem which leaves his army troops in a crisis against the other army troops as they don’t believe he’s doing the right thing which eventually leads to a big shootout but you have to wait till the end to get there.
The interesting point in this film is that it takes on varying themes and Matt Reeves seems to combine these concepts of race and animal rights which leaves the audience to decide if since the apes are now just as intelligent and skilled if not more so than humans, using them as slaves to build a huge wall is now a race problem problem as the apes continue to develop and we find out that even more apes can speak English.
This idea is brought in as Caeser (Andy Serkis) finds himself seeking revenge after the death of his wife and child which takes on a darker end to the trilogy and this is what makes this film stand out. It seems to involve the apes personal and natural instincts to cross with that of emotion and the rational side of them, bringing up these themes of person-hood again and the fact that apes can now rationally visualise what to do- it really is interesting to watch the film develop.
Anyhow, as Caeser plots his revenge, this leads to the capture of his tribe so it backfires really but this gives a chance for some of the other characters to develop as some of the apes find themselves outside the ‘war camp’ after finding a small girl who actually plays a big part in the film named ‘Nova’ played by Amiah Miller. At night she walks straight into the camp without any of the guards noticing and gives food and water for Caeser when he’s verging on death as well as a cuddly toy that represented a sign of strength and to remember who they were. The combination of music and screenplay whenever Nova was on screen were some of the highlights of the film as she creates a bond with one of the leading apes ‘Maurice’ and even Caeser sees an innocence in her that perhaps takes him back to when he was younger and how he thought everything was so perfect. Nova is the one that finally concludes this idea that perhaps apes and humans are no longer to be separated when she signs ‘I am ape’ to Maurice and gets you thinking that if person hood is to be able to communicate and be a fully rational being, are apes really that different?
As well as this we see a new character who names himself ‘bad ape’ played by Steve Zahn and he’s literally hilarious. This only adds to the awe of the film incorporating humour to what appears a thriller and it’s brilliant!
Highlights of the film include the dark twist in the trilogy that brings out Caesers natural instincts as well as the ever growing tension between him and the Colonel. The film brings out a new era of CGI and the cinematography was just stand alone incredible. This film has a great story line that never stops giving as intensity grows right from the opening battle. An awesome end to the trilogy of Caeser as well as easily being able to stand alone as a blockbuster film.