War of the Planet of the Apes

And for species – monkeys and other creatures – freedom is a pretty risky, complex proposition that’s not always for their benefit. – Thomas French

20th Century Fox has released the second trailer for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and it pulls no punches in what will certainly end in an epic showdown between humans and apes – specifically one particular human and one particular ape.

The third installment of the critically acclaimed franchise takes place 2 years after the events of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ As in the two films prior to this one, Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the focus of the film and this time, he comes head to head with The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a high ranking military officer who has amassed his own army to destroy the Apes.

What makes the ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise so appealing is that it is science fiction at its best. While entertaining, underneath the basic story of man vs apes, there are layers of socio-political commentary occurring in the guise of sci-fi. It will be interesting to see what message ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ will bring especially with the current political climate the US is in.

War for the Planet of the Apes’ promises to be the darkest and most epic film in the trilogy. Check out the trailer below then let us know what you think!

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, 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. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Directed by Matt Reeves, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary and will be charging into theaters on July 14, 2017.

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