Very few franchises manage to go from strength to strength after their initial success, but the Planet of the Apes trilogy gets better with every ﬁlm.
In War for the Planet of the Apes, which is the ﬁnal chapter of this trilogy, we are witness to the last stand of the remaining apes and humans of this world.
After the rebel ape Koba led a disastrous rebellion in the second ﬁlm, leader of the apes Caesar is world-weary but determined to ensure the survival of his family.
Tucked away in a hidden corner of the woods, Caesar has protected his family well from the human soldiers that threaten to exterminate all apes in existence.
It doesn’t take long for Caesar to try to ﬁnd a way to escape the humans’ reach once and for all, but when he is hit with unimaginable loss coupled with the haunting of Koba, his plans soon turn to revenge on humanity.
With the Colonel leading his army against the apes with a single-minded determination and an additional threat in the shape of a new simian ﬂu virus mutation, only one race will survive.
At the very least, War for the Planet of the Apes is a brilliant study in motion-capture technology and Andy Serkis as Caesar is impeccable. You often forget there is a man behind Caesar, though his development across the series is phenomenal as he becomes more and more humanised.
Maurice, Luca and Rocket are also back in force as Caesar’s right-hand apes, and the foursome have an established comfort that makes watching them together a delight.
Woody Harrelson as the Colonel is a feared man driven by doing what is right for the whole of humanity and willing to take whatever risks necessary, a trait that makes him even more dangerous.
War for the Planet of the Apes is the last battle of ape and human races and one that is sure to make you sit up and take notice for its emotional range and its advancements in movie-making technology.
Make sure you witness Caesar’s ﬁnal chapter, if only to answer the question of who will survive — man or ape?
Have you seen War for the Planet of the Apes? What were your thoughts?