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War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment of the Planet of the Apes series and is directed by Matt Reeves who also directed the second film, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

“War” continues the story from “Dawn” where Ceasar killed Koba who was on a mission to eliminate humans. Caesar and his camp are challenged by the Colonel (Woody Hareelson) whose mission is complex because it straddles the fence between survival and barbarism. This is part of the film’s brilliance. A deadly virus that is wiping out the human population is making apes smarter and causing confusion on how to approach it from both sides.

The CGI, graphics, and special affects are awesome! The apes are all digitally designed, yet breathtakingly realistic. The facial expressions are both impressive and in tune with script.

I won’t give spoilers, but Caesar’s internal battles give the movie life from an Ape’s perspective that opens introduces so many themes in humanity. I challenges ideology of the penal system, survival, extinction, the hierarchy of the animal kingdom, and man’s role within it.

Overall, the action, plot, and character developments are all amazing. 5 stars.