The franchise of sci-fi films “Planet of The Apes” has spanned several titles which first translated into major motion pictures during the 60’s. The modern reboot version of the original saga started with “Rise of The Planet of The Apes” (2011) and continued by “Dawn of The Planet of The Apes” (2014). In 2017, Matt Reeves is back in the director’s seat with the third installment of the series called “War for The Planet of The Apes” and the film picked up where it left off. It starts off when Caesar (Andy Serkis) finally meets his contender, Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson), an alpha leader from the human faction. Their relationship chronicles the dynamic between human and apes who are at that time, are ready to cut each other’s throats. On the verge of ending each other’s species, we become the witnesses of an epic battle in both physical and psychological aspects of the apes and humans.
The movie successfully delivers constant suspense from the very second, in an immersive apocalyptic earth filled with great banters, amazing shots, amusing dialogues, and well-fitted characters. Just like most of great films, fillers and plot holes are still there, but they are all acceptable and very well-covered, whether using quality comedies (thanks to Steve Zahn’s character Bad Ape) or a well-cut scenes. The complexity of the story falls a little short near the end, without spoiling anything, the air kinda flows the same way as Logan, delivering immersing details and enjoyable bits from the start but has to step down a little near the end so it could reach a conclusion enjoyable by everyone. However, the film leaves a lot of stuffs explore, in an apocalyptic setting, creativity and imagination always have their way, and “War for the Planet of the Apes” has set them up nicely with great backstories of characters, factions, and places worthy of a spin-off or even a sequel, whether we’re getting it or not.
This third installment of the Planet of the Apes series reboot is a good closure while still keeps a lot of things open to work on. Honestly, we feel that the movie would be much better as a prequel, that way they’ll have more time and space to answer this great question for the series: “Which one is more human?”. Nevertheless, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is guaranteed to worth your while and their CGI would start to make you believe that apes could actually talk and act like these roles in the movie. The movie is out in Indonesian theaters starting from 26 July 2017!