War for the Planet of the Apes

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War for the Planet of the Apes combines breathtaking special effects and a powerful, poignant narrative to conclude this rebooted trilogy on a powerful -- and truly blockbuster -- note.



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In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, 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.

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Steve Zahn
as Bad Ape
Judy Greer
as Cornelia
Ty Olsson
as Red Donkey
Devyn Dalton
as Cornelius
Max Lloyd-Jones
as Blue Eyes
Timothy Webber
as Ape Elder
Lauro Chartrand
as Look Out Ape
Shaun Omaid
as Soldier Who Sees Ape
Doug Chapman
as Alpha Omega Deserter
James Pizzinato
as Captured Soldier
Chad Rook
as Boyle
Dean Redman
as Commanding Officer
Steve Baran
as Tanker Guard
Levi Meaden
as Soldier
Billy Wickman
as Gasping Soldier
Albert Nicholas
as Tower Guard #1
Kyle Horton
as Tower Guard #2
Paul Luongo
as Ukulele Playing Soldier
Thomas J. Potter
as Platoon Leader
Mathew Yanagiya
as Executive Officer's Man
Skye Notary
as Ape Kid #1
Willow Notary
as Ape Kid #2
Finn Notary
as Ape Kid #3
Phoenix Notary
as Ape Kid #4
Sadie Aperlo
as Ape Kid #5
Matilda Aperlo
as Ape Kid #6
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Audience Reviews for War for the Planet of the Apes

The rationale for war is ultimately relationships, yah, those we love and, umm, those other people. This work underscores that idea repeatedly, which somehow effectively renders the amazing technological effects secondary, which is a pretty big job. Excellent writing dovetails the entire series, as well, seamlessly into the original series and sets it up for repeat viewing. Top notch acting rounds it all out, with kudos to Serkis and Harrelson and Zahn in particular. Moviemaking at its finest, summer school edition!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

What a wonderful surprise to see how much this movie is centered on its characters when it would have been so easy to focus mostly on the action (after all, there is a "war" in the title), being instead an intelligent and careful drama that takes its time to earn our emotional investment.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

One of the bleakest and darkest summer blockbusters of all times, the conclusion to the Cesar trilogy may not be the usual shallow popcorn fun. It is intense, brutal and extremely emotional, though. The insane special effects make for the most convincing CGI creatures of all times. You can't help but fall in love with those characters and cheer for them. While not as action packed as the trailers suggested, the slow place and the feeling of constant threat makes for a very enthralling atmosphere. It's basically the "Bridge on the river Kwai" of ape movies, with plenty of Easter eggs from the classic original. A pretty gutsy film that fully pays off in the end.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

War for the Planet of the Apes continues the franchises resurgence with a thoughtful action film that rides the moral line effectively to make you truly wonder which side you should be rooting for. While I don't think it is the best film of the rebooted universe, it is a strong addition that finishes the trilogy with an emotionally complex story that keeps you guessing until the end. This felt a little long at 2 1/2 hours, but this is a minor complaint. There's surprising only small doses of action sprinkled into the somber setting and plot, but they are nonetheless effective. The performances are noteworthy, especially Andy Serkis as Caesar once again. Woody Harrelson plays a strong villain as well. This is a worthwhile trip to the theater if you want more than just brainless action in your summer blockbusters.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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