War for the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Release Date: August 18th, 2017
Runtime: 2 hr. 20 min.
Director: Matt Reeves
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn
The final battle for the future of the Earth happens here, as the ascendant apes and the diminished humans face off one last time. And judging by the name of this franchise, things aren’t going so well for the humans. When the classic PLANET OF THE APES series was rebooted in 2011 with RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES no one thought this reimagining could match the sheer power of the originals, but after DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES there is no question - this reboot is one of the most vital and exciting series running today. Mixing together thrilling action, trenchant social commentary, sticky moral quandaries and next-level performance capture FX, the new PLANET OF THE APES series has proven itself the equal of what came before. Now, with WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, the first story in this new continuity is reaching a climax. At the end of DAWN we saw Caesar, the super-intelligent chimp leading a community of increasingly intelligent apes in a forest redoubt, come face-to-face with the savagery of human beings. In WAR that savagery comes full force in an army led by the ruthless and brutal Colonel (Woody Harrelson, joining the long list of excellent actors who have joined this series), and Caesar must answer the question of just how far he will go to protect his own kind. Caesar, of course, is played again by Andy Serkis, the modern master of performance capture acting (where’s his Oscar, dammit?). Caesar - wise and troubled, compassionate but resolute - has emerged from this series as one of the 21st century’s great heroes, the weight of leadership hanging heavy on him. He’s joined by an army of extraordinary performers as apes, including Steve Zahn as Bad Ape, the breakout new character in the franchise. Big screen action sci-fi at its best and brightest, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES proves that blockbusters can be fun, smart and compelling all at the same time… and have you rooting for the apes to finish off the humans!