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A thrilling epic in 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

A thrilling epic in 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

"From a storytelling perspective, from a sort of metaphor perspective, they just serve - constantly serve - to be this brilliant reflector of the human condition", Serkis, who portrays ape leader Caesar, told CBC News.

In "Planet ape: The War", chapter 3 of the praised blockbusters franchise, Caesar and his apes will enter into a deadly clash with an army of people led by the merciless Colonel.

Now of course, Reeves is preparing for the release of the third film in the Apes trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes, which is being received very well by critics - sitting at an 81 on metacritic [read our reviews here and here].

All this is explained, for newcomers to the saga, in a short preamble to the action of the new film, which begins with the apes ensconced in their fortified encampment in the deep woods of Northern California. Among those captured: Caesar and his only surviving son, the infant Cornelius (Devyn Dalton).




A brand new clip has arrived for War for the Planet of the Apes, featuring Maurice and new character Bad Ape.

The rest of the best of the film comes courtesy of Woody Harrelson's villain, a huge injection of heart (thanks partly to the introduction of Amiah Miller's Nova and baby Cornelius) and the story that refuses to rely too heavily on action (despite the title). In this last role, Steve Zahn delivers a memorable turn, transcending a part that might otherwise have been used for little more than comic relief, and leaving viewers with a sense of genuine compassion.

The previous movie, 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, saw a fragile peace between humans and apes strained to the brink.


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