First of all, you have to accept the premise for this series that apes can think, sign and talk like a human. Once you do that, the entire concept seems plausible. This is the third movie in the series and there is a quick overview of the first two movies in the beginning. It began with the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and then went to the Dawn. I’d seen the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” when it came out several years ago, but had missed the first one. I saw a replay after seeing this movie.
I enjoyed the entire series. I think we underestimate and undervalue the intelligence of animals. In many ways, they are better than us as shown in this movie. Caesar, the leader of the ape group, was not concerned about dominating the human population even after the humans attacked him. His plan of attack was strictly personal and he tried to keep it that way. The only problem was that the other apes believed in him so much, they would follow him anywhere even into war and death.
Andy Serkis excels as Caesar. Using the same techniques used in the filming of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings, he creates a strong and vibrant character who captures the attention of other apes and the audience as well. Woody Harrelson plays his antagonist, Colonel McCullough, who wants to rid the world of apes especially Caesar. But when the face-off comes, the action slows down. Caesar’s at a distinct disadvantage without a gun.
We should all pay attention as we kill each other and our environment. Who will be left to inherit the earth?