Rent War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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2h 20min
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Synopsis:
In this thrilling, climactic chapter of the Planet of the Apes saga, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). But after suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar resolves to 'avenge his kind, pitting him against the Colonel for a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Writers:
Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle
Others:
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist
Aka:
Planet of the Apes 3
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Top 100 Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/11/2017
Run Time:
140 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
  • All About Caesar
  • Concept Art Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/11/2017
Run Time:
140 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
  • All About Caesar
  • Concept Art Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
  • Waging War for the Planet of the Apes
  • WETA: Pushing Boundaries
  • Music for Apes
  • Apes: The Meaning of it All
  • The Apes Saga: An Homage
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/11/2017
Run Time:
140 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/11/2017
Run Time:
140 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Matt Reeves

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Reviews (21) of War for the Planet of the Apes

No more sequels ! - War for the Planet of the Apes review by SG

Spoiler Alert
29/11/2017

War for planet of the apes is better than number two but not as good as the original

At two hours 15, it’s far too long and simply cannot sustain its running time with such a meagre plot. Woody Harrelson is as good as ever and so is Caesar as the main character. However, some of the CGI is questionable and far too many explosions for me, I thought it was a Michael Bay film at one point.

They should have stopped at the original but Hollywood is unable to do that ??

5/10

Lame..

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Risible cgi apes go wild - War for the Planet of the Apes review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
09/02/2018

To get anything other than initial laughter and growing boredom out of this film, you have to be able to take these motion-captured cgi apes seriously. Unfortunately that means you’d have to have a lobotomy. Top Ape Caesar is angry because Top Human Woody Harrelson, here slumming it, has killed his wife. Since when did the apes adopt human marriage rituals? Which marriage rituals? Who were the bridesmaids? Did the best ape give a speech? Who baked the cake? Where’s Top Cat when you need him?

Andy Serkis voices Caesar as though delivering a funeral oration, pronouncing every word so slowly and with such import that it’s best to fast forward his speeches to give them some approximation of realism. Indeed, after 10 minutes of this rubbish you might want to fast forward the whole film because there’s little plot and no surprises. The fact that most if it takes place in darkness further adds to the ennui. With so much cgi on view, do you think there’d be explosions at the climax? Tick.

Pity director Matt Reeves. To think he once made the innovative Cloverfield before getting embroiled in this embarrassing franchise. Most critics who like the film do so because the apes look real. Is that all it takes? Okay, we’ll give it one star for animated ape hair.

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Past the sell-bye date! - War for the Planet of the Apes review by HM

Spoiler Alert
13/02/2018

Starts well, but ends up as nonsense. The humans build a wall to defend a compound and then store highly inflammable fuel next to it so the slightest thing blows the whole lot up 'James Bond finale fashion'. Very silly. Hopefully last in series. Basic amusement I suppose but it wears thin by the end.

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Critic review

War for the Planet of the Apes (aka Planet of the Apes 3) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

There was a time when a Planet of the Apes sequel came with a groan at the depreciating quality of story and ape costumes. Now there’s excitement and intrigue for a story where apes take over our planet. Take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship of a Planet of the Apes movie that is not only one of the best genre pictures of 2017, but one of the best pictures period.

While Rise of the Planet of the Apes showcased flawed humans that led to sentient apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an even mix of struggling humans and apes, War for the Planet of the Apes is almost entirely a story of the apes. Their leader, Caesar (Andy Serkis), has been trying to keep his kind safe in the woods, but the humans continue to advance on their territory. Caesar leads with strength, but also mercy. His legions slaughter a horde of invading soldiers but spare a few that can be sent back as a message to leave in peace. After all, Caesar doesn’t want to relive the misguided wrath of the vengeful ape Koba, whose spirit still haunts him as the evilness he could easily succumb.

The military threat at hand this time is more crazed than emotional. Whereas the previous film’s use of Gary Oldman was a man who wanted revenge, Woody Harrelson’s character is a mad colonel. True, he has lost loved ones, but he is long past that point of seeking retribution. He wants loyalty among his troops and torture among his enemies, basking in the dark glow of brutality and total control. His tactics are more elaborate. He has rounded up apes into camps, to be used as slaves for building new installations. The few that renounce Caesar are dubbed donkeys and given jobs of accompanying and aiding soldiers in battle.

When the military forces come too close for comfort, Caesar sends the apes on their way while he pursues the angry colonel on his own. Aiding him are a few allies, his most notable being the wise orangutan Maurice. His kindness prevents Caesar from leaving the quiet human girl Nova to die in the woods. They will later run across the ape deserter referring to himself only as Bad Ape (Steve Zahn), telling them the military camp is too dangerous a place to be. But when Caesar discovers his collective is being held captive there, he has no choice but to infiltrate and make his mission more than just a personal vendetta.

There’s an excellent evolvement of the Apes film seen in this film trilogy. The special effects have become so seamless that it’s not the least bit surreal to watch a movie where the majority of shots feature CGI apes, most of which speak in sign language. Everything from the levels of distraught on Caesar’s face to the somber gaze of Maurice carries a weight that no other composited animated character has ever displayed in a live-action production. I liked how Bad Ape was able to become the comic relief among the apes without turning into a cartoon character. I appreciated how Harrelson’s character didn’t pull back on the madness, presenting a villain more dastardly for the apes to best. I was intrigued by how the virus that wiped out most of the humans takes an astonishing turn, signaling that this is indeed the final hours of the humans controlling the planet. It’s bold storytelling I only thought was possible in the pulpiest of science fiction novels.

War for the Planet of the Apes is more than just a fitting conclusion to this new Apes trilogy; it’s a masterpiece of special effects, animated acting, speculative fiction and emotional action. For a big blockbuster with explosions and computer animation, it’s surprisingly subtle with its direction where engaging scenes can involve little to no dialogue. Matt Reeves has taken the flawed Apes franchise and launched into a trilogy that I doubt anyone thought could be possible. Where everyone else only saw the goofy makeup and overacting of Charlton Heston, he saw a real story to tell, one that would make us give a damn about apes taking over the planet. He succeeded with flying colors.

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