War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes
  • PG-13
  • 2h 20m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh93%
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Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). But after the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and resolves to avenge his kind, pitting him against the Colonel in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species...and the future of the planet.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: War for the Planet of the Apes combines breathtaking special effects and a powerful, poignant narrative to conclude this rebooted trilogy on a powerful -- and truly blockbuster -- note.
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes

Reeves tells a big story that's satisfying in many ways.

July 28, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane

Although it rouses and overwhelms, it ain't much fun. ... Still, there is much to relish.

July 17, 2017
Christian Science Monitor
Peter Rainer

War for the Planet of the Apes, the third in the rebooted trilogy, is among the best of the series...

July 14, 2017
Globe and Mail
Barry Hertz

Serkis has invented an entirely new medium of performance - one that pushes the series into a real...

July 14, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Smart, emotional, violent sequel has resonant ideas.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that War for the Planet of the Apes, which is part of the long-running sci-fi/action movie series, is the third movie focusing on intelligent ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis). It's heavy on fantasy violence, with guns and shooting, arrows, missiles, and explosions. Some bloody wounds are shown, though there's not much gore overall. Apes are imprisoned, hung on crosses, whipped, and forced to work. Characters die, and one character commits suicide off screen. Language is mild, with sparing use of "goddamn" and "Jesus Christ." The movie is very smart and subtly discusses issues of how fear can lead to problems like slavery and war. But Caesar isn't exactly a role model, since he chooses to seek revenge (though he does pay a price). Overall the movie is a great combination of exciting and thought provoking, worth enjoying as well as discussing.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Release Date:July 14, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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