The third instalment in the rebooted ‘Apes‘ sci-fi series, has Matt Reeves once again in the director’s chair and Andy Serkis working his usual mo-cap wonders as Caesar.
As sequels go, or threequels in this instance, this is not a bad film as it transposes the human emotions of mourning, rage and vengeance into Caesar’s make up after the forest-dwelling community of apes are attacked by vengeful militia leader (Woody Harrelson) and his ragtag following of survivors from the simian flu outbreak.
War for the Planet of the Apes is pretty bleak – and that’s just the icy landscape in which the action takes place – the themes have little positivity in them. Reeves cleverly packages the inequities of slavery in the exploitation captive apes (referred to as donkeys) who are worked to death by their captors and examines how, consumed by rage, Caesar loses his own sense of self in a bitter blood lust that succeeds only in bringing more pain and death
Film of the day: War for the Planet of the Apes From Monday 27 November on Sky Store.