Thursday February 20, 2020

Film: Apeing old glories to real effect

There is no shortage of man-on-ape combat sequences, but Reeves places his emphasis more on internal than external conflicts

16th July, 2017
War For The Planet of the Apes

Fifteen years on from the viral outbreak that brought about the rapid evolution of monkey-kind, the film opens in a remote forest as a battalion of heavily-armed human soldiers, led by Woody Harrelson’s The Colonel, creep towards an ape hideout. Harrelson, doing his best Marlon Brando voice, with shaved head and camouflage paint, leads his bedraggled gang of human survivors as a cult. The humans’ attack on the apes’ woodland compound sets up a blood...

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