In this third installment of the Planet of the Apes saga, Caesar (Serkis) and his band of apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans lead by a ruthless Colonel (Harrelson). After suffering catastrophic losses, Caesar resolves to avenge the apes in a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet.
2017, 2160p with HDR10, Dolby Atmos, 1.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Rated PG-13, 2 hours and 20 minutes
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn
Directed by: Matt Reeves
What I enjoy about the Ape movies, besides the incredible CGI effects, are their consistent storytelling. The films coalesce well as a group, but they are also well written enough that should they be viewed individually, they still hold up well. The title for this one is a bit of a misnomer as the “war” is between humans, and the apes are enslaved and caught in the middle.
Once again, character development is thoughtfully fleshed out and we see Caesar mature and become more, if not human, at least more humane. This film also explains how the apes develop intellectually and mankind regresses and becomes more like an animal…which sets the stage for Charlton Heston’s astronautical arrival in the original film from the seventies. Recommended!
The CGI in this film is amazing and the apes all look so real and natural. The detail in all of the minutia, hair, facial features, gestures and motions are stunningly captured and look amazing in UHD. Colors are natural and black.
HDR makes the specular highlights glint off metal and snow alike. Sound is both clear and dynamic, which puts you in the middle of all the action. Every snapping twig to the thunderous avalanche at the finale is faithfully captured. The soundscape puts you in the middle of it all.
Besides a BD, you have: an Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves, Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary), Apes; The Meaning of it All, and more.