‘The War For The Planet of the Apes” takes places two years after “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. Most of the human race across the globe have been wiped out by the outbreak of the ALZ113 V, aka the Simian Virus, while the ape population has thrived and grown in numbers.
Caesar (the incredible Andy Serkis), the leader of the apes, is hiding out with his wife Cornella (Judy Geer) and their newborn son along with his fellow simians in Muir Woods north of San Francisco. At first look, their life could be seen as idyllic. Unfortunately, that is not the case. They must always be on the lookout for the remaining soldiers, who, under the orders of the psychopathic Colonel (Woody Harrelson), want nothing more than to kill them.
As the film begins, the apes are attacked by the soldiers and suffer many casualties, including the death of Caesar’s wife. Caesar wanted nothing more than to live in peace with the humans, but now he’s forced to wrestle with his darker instincts and begin his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
When Caesar and the Colonel are finally face to face they are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of mankind.
“The War For The Planet of the Apes,” directed brilliantly by Matt Reeves is everything a person could want from the final film of a trilogy. It has a first rate story filled with breathtaking scenery, complex characters (the apes, not the humans) and edge of your seat action sequences.
The cast including a simian called “Bad Ape” (the very funny Steve Zahn), Maurice, (Krin Konoval) the overgrown orangutan with a heart of gold, and Caesar’s youngest son Cornelius (Devyn Dalton), are pitch perfect in their performances. Lastly, Michael Giacchino has created an incredible score that pushes the film’s momentum forward.
‘War For The Planet of the Apes opens in theaters July 14th, 2017, and it’s a definite must see.
About Joan Alperin
Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.