As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
J. Lee Thompson
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.Written by
To date, this is the only film within the reboot franchise of films where Rocket has played a main role. During Rise his role reoccurring as he was the ape antagonist before Koba's introduction towards the end of the film. Dawn minimised his role to appearing just under a dozen times in total. See more »
The soldiers are standing in the rain at the border camp, yet none of them are wet. See more »
Is that a trench? It looks like there's more of them inside.
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The 20th Century Fox fanfare is played through the use of Congo drums instead of the traditional percussion instruments. See more »
The third and possible final installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot series had a lot of anticipation since it had wowed me with Rise and Dawn, proud to say that it's not only the best one of the series but a definite contender for best film for this year (look out Logan). Firstly, the script is award worthy material that balances emotion, gritty realism and solid character development. Though the film isn't all action about human and apes fighting each other as you would expect but it intends to show the effecting war that Cesar is fighting personally with his moral values and those around him, it shows that war isn't all peace and avoidable.
To make the story work so well, the performance of Andy Sirkus is one that should be considered for an Oscar. Carrying strong emotions, a sense of pride in the role and feeling of a real human but in an ape, Serkis gives a performance that shows that he knows how to make a character seem so real. Woody Harrelson was also amazing, his role reminded me of Marlon Brando from Apocalypse Now and the supporting cast were all great.
The cinematography was great throughout, showing a clear, dark and gritty tone to the story, borrowing references from various war films it felt at times like a war film but keeping in tone to the human aspect and the personal perspective. Visual effects is at a high level of detail and representation, with Weta Workshop's motion capture performances showing again that it's amazing what technology and human performance can do.
Overall, WFTPOTA is a satisfying conclusion that leaves the series on a high note, a perfecting ending that leaves fans satisfied. With Oscar worthy material (script, performance and direction) this film makes it establish itself as one of the best movies for the year, going not only bigger and better than Dawn but going so close to the dark and brutal Logan.
P.S. Jay And Nick also see all the hate for this movie and it's always the same answer "There is no war." Don't go in expecting 1 hour of war scenes. The movie is about emotional depth and not war.
4.5/5 - Nick 4/5 - Jay
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