The film begins where Dawn ended. Most of the human civilisation is dead because of simian flu. Those who are left are mostly soldiers & military people. Ape Caesar (voiced by Andy Serkis) and his clan are at war with a human military faction known as Alpha-Omega. Ceasar offers peace if the apes are left alone but the leader of the Alpha-Omega clan – Colonel (Woody Harrelson) turns it down. Soon, he kills Caesar’s wife Cornelia and eldest son Blue Eyes. Ceasar, now enraged, wants to take his revenge against Colonel. This is the basic plot of the film, which has many more layers.
Directed by Matt Reeves, the film moves at a snail’s pace with nothing much actually happening. Not that it’s completely bad but, for most bits, it’s plain boring. Also, many scenes could’ve easily chopped. The climax is bit convenient but that’s okay.
Woody Harrelson is decent as Colonel. Andy Serkis’ voiceover is great. Steve Zahn does a fantastic job voicing Bad Ape. All the other apes are voiced well.
War for the Planet of the Apes suffers not because of its story but because of its sluggish pace.
We give it 2.5 stars with a kink.
A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), War for the Planet of the Apes has a decent story but i...2.5