Remember the Planet of the Apes reboot series? Each installment has been better than the last, but we curiously never hear a lot of info between the films. Why?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes introduced us to Caesar, played by the criminally un-nominated and under-rated Andy Serkis. Caesar, a common but intelligent Chimpanzee, gains super intelligence after a lab experiment and eventually leads other apes to rise to freedom outside of San Francisco, while a side effect of the lab experiment wipes out most of humanity in a pandemic.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up a few years later, with Caesar’s colony flourishing. That comes to an end after a chance encounter with a group of humans who have established their own colony close by. By the end of the movie, Caesar witnesses the beginnings of a war between humans and apes that he did not spark. Now in War of the Planet of the Apes, we are going to see that war come to fruition:
Oh man. It looks so good! A true example of how allowing a story to progress to its inevitable end point naturally makes for a better sequel experience. Also, Woody Harrelson playing bad is often the best part of any movie (Out of the Furnace).
The trailer leaves us with a lot of questions. Who is the little girl? Where did the soldiers get all that equipment? Why is that Gorilla helping the humans at the end? Is there a division in the ape ranks?
War of the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14th.