‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ (2017)

War For The Planet of The Apes is an excellent end to a superior science fiction origin trilogy. It’s rare for me to say bur after seeing such a believable and profound sci fiction series end, I actually want to see more. The film plays almost as a heart of darkness journey, with references to Apocalypse Now littered throughout, especially in Woody Harleson’s Brando-esque performance. Andy Serkis really is a highly skilled actor portraying so much through those penetrating eyes. The film continues with the Zeitgeist of the grey morality world we live in. What it means to be human, empathy, savagery, the film navigates these questions with a light hand resulting in a unique movie experience that blurs the line of good and evil. Even with the cruelty of the humans I kept thinking to myself why I do anything different faced with extinction. Speciesism is the belief that one species is superior to the other. Perhaps as humanity evolves we will change our attitude to all the other species we share the planet with. 8/10

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