In War For The Planet Of The Apes (Planet der Affen: Survival), the third and climactic chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster trilogy, director Matt Reeves and an all-star cast unleash the rapidly evolving simians into a world boiling over with divisions and rage as the ape vs. human battle for control of the world careens towards the ultimate winner-takes-all decision.
In a flurry of mythic filmmaking, audiences will witness the pivotal moment that determines the fate of human civilization forever. Additional, the audience will be immersed in the ape leader Caesar’s emotional quest to lead his young society to a new home, even as a war between his belief in family and honor versus the lure of a vengeful reckoning churns within his soul.
THE STORY OF WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand. As peace between species has collapsed – and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel makes a final, all-out attack – Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed.
Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead. In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.
Breathless action, big ideas and potent storytelling combine as War For the Planet of the Apes (Planet der Affen: Survival) pushes the series into new realms of legend-building as it explores the values that forge a civilization.
EVOLUTION AND MYTH – CAESAR
In War For the Planet of the Apes, Caesar – the king of the new breed of primates who have come in a rapid-fire way to develop the power to think, speak and see the world in complex, emotional terms – takes on the journey of a true leader who must go through a crucible to be able to help his people.
As Dawn of The Planet of the Apes ended, Caesar was already on a precipice. He had broken his most fundamental moral tenet and killed another ape, his own very dear friend Koba, thrusting him into an abyss.
Now two years have passed. But the questions Koba’s death raised only haunt Caesar more. Especially when the insufferable heartbreak of war is visited upon his own family. With the ape community decimated by humans, and an increasing number of defectors, ape turncoats, going over to the human side. Caesar sees that things have come to a tipping point.
If there is to be no peace with humans or the apes who do their bidding, where do you draw the lines as to how far to go? And if there is a limit, can Caesar find it within himself now that he is in such acute emotional turmoil?
THE LOST CHILD – NOVA
One of the most surprising characters in War For The Planet of the Apes is not an ape or a man … but a little girl with breathtaking courage. This is the mute, virus-ravaged human child who comes to be known as Nova – and becomes an essential part of the apes’ journey to their new home.
The enchanted quality of Nova did not escape Reeves and Bomback. Bomback says, “Here is a little, seemingly orphaned girl living with apes – Matt and I immediately thought she seemed like a character out of a fairytale. From Goldilocks to Little Red Riding Hood, there’s a whole tradition of stories about little girls in the woods with dangerous animals who nevertheless become their protectors. That’s part of the inspiration for Nova. And the name Nova of course is a bit of an Easter egg from the original film.”
“One of the beautiful things about Nova is that even in this divided world, you see there are apes and humans who are able to form deep emotional relationships,” says Peter Chernin. “In that moment when Caesar is in the darkest place, when he wants to hate all humans, Nova touches him in a way no one else can. In Nova, we’re also seeing the growth of the Simian Virus and what survival means to humans.”
HUMANITY’S LAST WARRIOR – THE COLONEL
He may be a last, fiercely desperate hope for humankind. But Colonel J. Wesley McCullough is the apes’ most feared nemesis. An almost mythically toughened, merciless warrior, the renegade Colonel unapologetically believes he and his splinter group of human soldiers are justified in going to any deadly lengths to preserve what is left of the human race and end the ascension of the apes while they still can.
Part of what drives the Colonel is his foreboding realization that as the apes are evolving. The Simian Virus is having the opposite effect on humans – they are devolving, losing speech. An unthinkable situation for the species that once ruled the world.
That’s why he has one driving mission: to remove the apes’ leader from power. And the more he gets to know the impressive inner fiber and deep thinking of Caesar, the more he fears the human race’s days are numbered if the apes are not stopped now.
ANDY SERKIS (CAESAR)
Andy Serkis is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of memorable roles. He gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance as ‘Gollum’ in the Academy Award®-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.
Serkis won an Empire Award for his role, in addition to sharing in several “Outstanding Ensemble Cast” Awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Award®. Reuniting with Jackson, he played two roles in the director’s epic retelling of King Kong. He performed as the title character of Kong. Furthermore, he also appeared as Lumpy, the ship’s cook.
WOODY HARRELSON (THE COLONEL)
WOODY HARRELSON’s (The Colonel) rare mix of intensity and charisma consistently surprises and delights audiences and critics alike in both mainstream and independent projects. His portrayal of a casualty notification officer, opposite Ben Foster, in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger garnered him a 2010 Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
His portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt earned acclaim from the international press and audience. This role brought Harrelson nominations for the Oscars®, Golden Globes® and SAG Awards® in the category of Best Actor.
Other highlights from Harrelson’s film career include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Now You See Me, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Furthermore, he excited the audience with Zombieland; No Country For Old Men and Natural Born Killers.
The next project of Woody Harrelson is the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars sequel. Moreover, he will play in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for writer/director Martin McDonagh.
AMIAH MILLER (NOVA)
Amiah Miller was born on July 16, 2004 in Chesterfield, Virginia. At the age of 8, Amiah convinced her parents to have her seen by a local modeling agency in Florida. Her first year after signing, she booked numerous print ads for magazines and departments stores as well as commercials.
In 2013, a local agent introduced her to her current manager in Los Angeles. Traveling back and forth, Amiah booked her first pilot for ABC’s Clementine. Michael Dinner directed this movie, where she played the young Clementine opposite Sarah Snook in the spring of 2014.
Amiah recently appeared on CBS’s MacGyver. Her previous credits include guest and recurring roles on Richie Rich / Awesomeness TV. Furthermore she played in the NBC pilot How We Live and Best Friends Whenever / Disney. Moreover, Amiah also took the lead role in the indie film House by the Lake.
She played also a supporting role in Trafficked and in the feature film Lights Out. There she played the young Teresa Palmer.
Amiah strives to be a positive role model to others. She believes in hard work, staying positive and that everything happens for a reason. On her off time, she trains in muay thai and jiu-jitsu at her father’s martial arts gym.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is a very special movie. Sensitive, gently and multifaceted, it leads us into a future, where apes are more human than humans themselves. Apes – together – strong is the common motto.
Of course, the detailed pictures are fantastic and unbelievably realistic. Hence, together with the delicate and intense story they create a very dense atmosphere. War For The Planet Of The Apes is an touching epical masterpiece. It continues the Planet of the Apes prequels at the highest level.
Besides audio comments, the DVD and Blu-Ray consists many information about Caesar as well as a concept art gallery. Summarizing, War For The Planet Of The Apes should be a part of any movie collection. Our conclusion: absolutely worth seeing.