The army of genetically modified monkeys expects a new challenge: they are forced to engage in a deadly battle with an army of people led by a ruthless colonel. After unimaginable losses among his warriors, the leader of the monkeys Caesar begins a personal struggle with the dark instincts and is going to avenge his entire appearance. In the end, he and the colonel will have to meet in an epic battle, which will decide who will now rule on Earth – people or monkeys.
War of the Worlds
A small group of soldiers slowly advance through the green forest. Their helmets are painted with pejorative appeals to monkeys, reminding us of the heroes from the “Platoon”. Over the next two hours, references to other war films will pop up in memory, and the untranslatable graffiti “Ape-pocalypse Now” will make it clear that director Matt Reeves does not steal so much as directly pays homage to them. His antagonist has the ideal shaven head of Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall sunglasses and manic verbosity of Dennis Hopper. So why does he turn an anti-utopia about reasonable monkeys into a war movie? And what can you find out by seeing the darkest aspects of human nature through the lens of the summer blockbuster? There are many answers.
After the bloody struggle that serves as the central element of the “Planet of the Apes: Revolution”, Caesar (Andy Serkis) became a legend, about which the soldiers speak in a taciturn tone. No one knows exactly where he is or what his future plans are, although we know that he thinks only of the survival of his relatives. Caesar is looking for peace, but people who can not co-exist side by side with a species that can surpass them, once again unleash a conflict. This will happen when Colonel (Woody Harrelson) attacks the monkey camp, killing the protagonist’s family and spawning another human emotion that often leads to a tragedy – revenge. Download 4k Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).
The beginning of the “War for the Planet of the Apes” has a rather banal plot for the summer blockbuster. But its further development is a brilliant element of the script of Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves. We remain alone with Caesar, paving his way to a mysterious military base with loyal friends and the dumb girl they find (Amiya Miller). In the middle of the action the picture turns into a mixture of modern western and road-movie. And as with any western character with Caesar it’s much easier to identify oneself, we go along the road with him and only know what he knows, sharing the idea of restoring justice. Digitized monkeys are so natural and expressive that you can forget that they are played by actors. And Andy Serkis’ performance in the image of Caesar is one of the wonders of modern cinema art.
Reeves masterfully realizes its potential for creating a picture, but the most correct solution is the choice of two people who made this film something more than a popcorn thriller. The first one is the operator Michael Serezin, who endowed the “War” with a rich and natural color palette, which defies what we expect from blockbusters. Known for his work for director Alan Parker and who, perhaps, removed the best part of Potteriana, Serezin finds an ideal way to emphasize the natural world around Caesar and his fellow travelers in each location. You can not help but notice how snow, water and trees are removed, although most of the scenery is overloaded with CGI effects. The second is the great composer Michael Giacchino, who created one of his new masterpieces. The musical accompaniment makes you remember the important military film masterpieces, as well as the militants of the 70’s and 80’s, thus adding positive feedback to the overall success of the film. The number of scenes that pass almost noiselessly here is more than any summer mass hit that I remember, so Giacchino’s work becomes as important as the compositions for silent cinema, as it conveys emotions and even internal conflicts.
These three films about evolving monkeys have surpassed their concept, becoming one of the best Hollywood trilogies of their generation. If the “Rebellion” was about how people relate to animals and their habit of exploiting and limiting them. That “Breaking Dawn” is a parable of decolonization and the fight against insurgents, concerning the competing but equally legitimate claims of two tribes occupying the adjacent territory. And “War” confirms Koba’s opinion of humanity as irreversibly cruel and deceitful. As in the case of any great science fiction, “War for the Planet of the Apes” is a mirror of what people are in 2017. It’s about fighting and revenge. When there are things in the world that we do not understand, then we react to them with fear and anger, generating violence. All this and more are woven into the picture to make us think about it a few more days after watching. Download 4k Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
In addition to all serious and important, the film does not keep a muzzle brick, it remains and wildly entertaining, which is quite important. Comedy output Steve Zahn in the image of a bad monkey gives the picture a chance to breathe out in too tense moments. “War for the Planet of the Apesr” closes the trilogy in such a way that the protagonist feels himself fulfilled his duty and emotionally satisfactory. Looking at Caesar’s face, the elderly face of Clint Eastwood is recalled in late Westerns, sternly looking at the horizon. Looking at this face, you understand that he will be no less significant character, and these films will grow with greater greatness and significance.