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Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Action Adventure Drama - This is the third and final installment of this sci-fi
drama trilogy revival, and as in the second film, the
only returning actors are those who provide the motion
capture for the ape characters, led by Andy Serkis.
The tone is as serious and gravely downbeat as the
others, but there is some comic relief in a new
character played by Steve Zahn. Woody Harrelson is the
only noteworthy actor playing a human, and while his
screen time is limited, his villainous turn will please
his fans. Some disturbing violence against apes and
humans and generally grim subject matter make the film
not for using kids.
PROFANITY: 1 GD; a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, killings of people and apes, with moderate bloodshed. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Fights, shootouts, explosions, destruction, an avalanche. COMEDY: Some comic lines and physical humor with an ape; brief toilet humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good This is a vital, original, and emotionally potent chapter to one of the longest-running movie series out there. It will easily be one of the summer of 2017's best films and, at the end of the year, it will likely find a space on many respectable Top 10 lists.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good While it may be a few beats too long, especially in its multiple endings, it's a shockingly memorable movie, the kind that gets better as you dissect and discuss how much it does right after the lights have gone up. ...it's wildly entertaining. It has comedic beats...
USA TodayFull Review Very Good ...dazzling and gripping... All of the apes are so realistic, riding horses and escaping soldiers in snowy environments, that the audience quickly forgets they're simians... The satisfying and heart-wrenching climax is a last reminder that Caesar's new adventure is one of this summer's best.
NY PostFull Review Good The sophisticated characters and wrenching emotions created with motion-capture technology so eclipse those rubber ape masks in the originals that it seems wrong to even group them in the same franchise.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 91 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Two loved it and one rated it just "average."
TEENS: Nearly all the males loved "War for the Planet of the Apes." Only two of the five ladies loved it. The others felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Six of the seven males all loved it, as did both of the ladies.
ADULTS: A full 60% of the males and females loved this movie. Another 18% of the males and 25% of the females enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average." Unfortunately, just over 20% of the males and nearly 15% of the females rated it just "average," which is a bit low but not a bad review. It indicates a movie that's enjoyable but nothing special or memorable.