(2017) (Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: A talking chimpanzee sends his troop of fellow apes off in hopes of finding a safer home, all while seeking revenge on the human military man who killed his wife and child.
- It's now 15 years since the simian virus decimated humankind and led to the rise of super-intelligent apes and their uprising against humans. The chimpanzee leader of a tribe of them, Caesar (ANDY SERKIS), simply wants to protect the other chimps, gorillas, and orangutans who look up to him for protection and leadership. But military forces working for The Colonel (WOODY HARRELSON) want to wipe out the apes before it's too late and stage an attack that's ultimately thwarted, with Caesar sparing the lives of the few military men left, such as Preacher (GABRIEL CHAVARRIA).
Unbeknownst to Caesar, however, one of his own, the white gorilla Winter (ALEKS PAUNOVIC), turns sides and informs the humans about the location of the chimp's tribe. That leads to an attack by the Colonel and his men, ultimately resulting in that military officer killing Caesar's wife and son before managing to escape Caesar's wrath.
Knowing more humans will be arriving and having learned of a new potentially safe haven, Caesar sends his tribe off on a quest to find that place. But he does not go along, what with seeking revenge on the Colonel. Despite wanting to do that alone, he's eventually joined by the wise orangutan Maurice (KARIN KONOVAL), gorilla Luca (MICHAEL ADAMTHWAITE) and chimpanzee Rocket (TERRY NOTARY).
Along the way, they end up finding a young orphaned girl, Nova (AMIAH MILLER), and then a former zoo ape, Bad Ape (STEVE ZAHN). He's been on his own for a long time and may know the location of the Colonel's military compound where the human soldiers are accompanied by apes that have sided with them, such as the gorilla Rex (TY OLSSON). From that point on, Caesar and his small group seek out and find the Colonel, but must contend with some of them being taken prisoner.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the previous "Apes" films they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images.
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