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War for the Planet of the Apes [2017] (2 discs)

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Director:Matt Reeves
Writer:Mark Bomback
Matt Reeves
Composer:Michael Giacchino
Length:140 minutes
(2 hours 20 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
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Synopsis: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.


Reaction: The story has evolved quite nicely. I had no idea what to expect from this movie, but it was actually quite entertaining, understandable, and evocative. I would be happy to see them stop here, though I understand they may have more in mind.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Matt Reeves => Director / Writer
Mark Bomback => Writer
Michael Giacchino => Composer
Aleks Paunovic => Winter
Alessandro Juliani => Spear
Amiah Miller => Nova
Andy Serkis => Caesar
Chad Rook => Boyle
Devyn Dalton => Cornelius
Gabriel Chavarria => Preacher
Judy Greer => Cornelia
Karin Konoval => Maurice
Max Lloyd-Jones => Blue Eyes
Mercedes de la Zerda => Lang
Michael Adamthwaite => Luca
Sara Canning => Lake
Steve Zahn => Bad Ape
Terry Notary => Rocket
Timothy Webber => Ape Elder
Toby Kebbell => Koba
Ty Olsson => Red Donkey
Woody Harrelson => The Colonel

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • While promoting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis was asked if the AlZ-113 drug had also affected apes outside of Caesar's tribe. Director Matt Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback took note of this, which led to the introduction of "Bad Ape" in this film.
  • According to director Matt Reeves, the name of the group of rebelling humans is the Alpha and Omega, a reference to the bomb the mutants worshiped in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The logo on their helments and flag matches the original logo on the bomb.
  • The Overlook Hotel from The Shining makes an appearance.
  • In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar could only utter a few words, most notably, "No!" In the followup film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, his vocabulary had increased greatly and he was able to speak in nearly full sentences with syntax and grammar, but still with a rough tone and cadence to his voice. In this film, he is able to speak nearly identical to what a human can produce, indicating his growth into personhood.
  • According to director Matt Reeves, it was Woody Harrelson's idea to begin addressing Caesar by ticking off the military rivals of the past, "Wellington and Napoleon, Grant and Lee, Custer and Sitting Bull," while noting that as an ape Caesar would not know what he was talking about.
  • Ape actors Andy Serkis (Caesar), Toby Kebbell (Koba) and Terry Notary (Rocket) have also all played King Kong, with Serkis in Peter Jackson's King Kong and Notary and Kebbell in Kong: Skull Island.
  • Andy Serkis, Terry Notary, and Karin Konoval are the only actors to be in all three of this [Planet of the Apes] trilogy. Serkis plays Caesar, the chimp leader of the apes; Notary plays Rocket, a chimp who is one of Caesar's most trusted followers; and Konoval plays Maurice, an orangutan that is another of Caesar's most faithful followers.
  • The giant "X"s that the humans use to tie up the apes outside their camp are the same design as the "X"s used as markers to The Forbidden Zone in the original Planet of the Apes.
  • Steve Zahn admitted in a Film4 interview that he cried after seeing the completed film for the first time as he was so moved by it.
  • The character Nova is an allusion to Nova in the original Planet of the Apes. Both incarnations of Nova are mute, and are given the name Nova by their protectors.
  • Before beginning work on the project, Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback decided to get inspiration by watching "a million movies," according to Reeves. Among the films they asked to see at the Fox screening room were: westerns, war movies, Biblical epics, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and all of the previous [Planet of the Apes] films.
  • Human soldier slogans as seen on the poster include the quote, "The only good ape is a dead ape," which is a reference to the gorilla General Ursus' popular quote from Beneath the Planet of the Apes, albeit the tables have turned.
  • With Caesar dying in the presence of Maurice, it can be assumed that Maurice would take his place as ruler of the Apes. This is in line with the original series of films as the Orangatans seem to hold all of the political power in the far future with Dr. Zaius being the most prominent member of said government. Dr. Zaius also happened to be portrayed by Maurice Evans, for which the character of Maurice is named.
  • The yellow beret flash Woody Harrelson's character The Colonel wears is the 1st Special Forces Group (Green Berets), who's home station is Fort Lewis, Washington.
  • This is the first time that Maurice the Orangatan is heard speaking English sentences. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed that Maurice knew sign language from his days in the circus, which he probably taught to the other apes. He only utters the word "Run" in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Although Maurice clearly understands human speech, he chooses to communicate with ape grunts and sign language until now. When he finally speaks and tells Nova her name, it is actually the voice of Charlton Heston from the original Planet of the Apes.
  • It is implied at the end that Maurice the Orangutan will become the "Lawgiver" character shown in the original films.
  • The only entry in the series that doesn't credit Pierre Boulle, the author of the original novel "La Plančte des Singes" (Planet of the Apes). Ironically, The Bridge on the River Kwai (another Boulle adaptation) served as a major influence on this installment.
  • The film contains a lot of references to the Bible. Ceasar, being the apes savior is at one point crucified on a X shape, known as st. Andrews cross, and is given drink in a disrespectful fashion reminiscent to the crucifixion of Jesus. There also parallels to the story of Moses as Caesar frees the apes from being slaves, guides them to a new "promised land" but dies before entering it.