One of the most iconic franchises of all time, The Planet of the Apes, received a second reboot in 2011 to what turned out to be a surprise success. Expecting a smaller box office than a nominal Hollywood tentpole film, the film burst to being a blockbuster and one of the top films of that year. Now the third installment entitled War of the Planet of the Apes has arrived to critical praise.
Years after the events of the prior two films, Caesar’s community has settled into a somewhat peaceful existence. With prior foes no more, everything seems okay. Yet, a new group of humans from the Northwest has begun to hunt down the intelligent apes. With a stealth attack that leaves his oldest son and wife dead, Caesar makes a decision to go after the threat. The struggle he now has will be to seek justice or vengeance.
Andy Serkis takes on the role of Caesar for a third time. With a budget much smaller than the prior installment, this Matt Reeves directed and Mark Bomback written film seems to be a half step behind. Yet it has been received critically as the best of the bunch. Dark Discussions Podcast takes a look at this latest in the franchise.