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War for the Planet of the Apes, 2017

  • LeratoEnchanted
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    War for the Planet of the Apes doesn't shy away from otherwise polemical grounds. It juxtaposes humanity against other lifeforms through a Civil Rights and slavery discussion. The film stands firm in its astute to exhibit a Hitler-era reality on a 2017 screen. Who would have thought Hollywood would allow such a controversial theme on screen in this time where popflicks thrive? This film only wishes to bring humans to question themselves and their moral standing. To come to peace with the writhing ego of the human, so to be able to confront and think beyond ourselves and the belief that we're the only relevant live force. And it serves the tea hot and steaming! The Samian virus has mutated and is now attacking human ability; cutting off the ability to speak, to think logically, altogether- one human at a time. This of course causes the humans to begin doing away with their own who are infected, so to contain the virus. Oh, how predictable and fragile we are.

    I especially enjoyed the scene where the film tips its hat to a classic war movie by film-master Stanley Kubrick, Paths of Glory. Director Matt Reeves borrows from the trenches scene where Col. Dax walks through a crowd of distressed soldiers. This is the very scene sets the tone for the emotional onslaught that persists throughout the rest of the film.

    Caesar struggles with his inner-most values himself as his good side wrestles his new-discovered ruinous side. A side which haunts him as he begins to become more like his friend-turned-nemesis, Koba. "Ape not kill". These words reel through Caesar's mind after going against his core rule for the community of apes he leads. We're dealing with a different Caesar now, and there is no coming back from it. His motivation is understandable, though; no one hurts his family, over and over again, and gets away with it. It has all become enough for him now; he's become exhuasted by the careless, savage nature of the human. He turns to the path of vengeance and will do everything in his power to avenge his own.


    This is a film where science plays a fair god whom sets balance to power by turning the wheels. Some humans, though, are resistant and will do anything to preserve the superiority of the human race. They will be damned if they were turned into mere "cattle" to the savage apes. It's no secret that the human ego is the biggest threat to the peace of this realm, but it is so well performed in this movie that you'd think it is a bizarre phenomenon. This makes us want to take action for a better world.

    The little human girl, Nova, becomes a fragile, driving force for the story as she travels to the hostile camp infested with human soldiers that Caesar and his small troop of apes are in pursuit of.


    The sound editing and the score itself are the core of the film, as the music brings the intense scenes alive; panning from silence, to airy, to sudden drumming. One of my most treasured scenes which shows off the composer's muscle is the scene where the colonel quietly navigate through the woods, closing in on Caesar's territory.

    The comic relief served by a certain zoo ape is appreciated and is so refreshing for the Apes franchise. Woody Harelson brings to screen one of the most menacing villians. And the overall main plot and accompanying plot twists are as chilling as the promotional work from Fox for the movie had suggested. War for the Planet of the Apes is indeed a must-watch.

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