Thrillers featuring the woods as its backdrop (It Comes At Night, The Witch) is often times a good thing, as the prospective horror of nature is grounded in reality. Based on Adam Nevill’s novel, The Ritual centers on four friends from college (Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier,Arsher Ali, Sam Troughton) who journey through the Scandinavian wilderness after another friend’s passing. A supernatural evil is in their midst, and their outdoor jaunt turns into the ultimate nightmare.
David Bruckner, a filmmaker who’s received his share of acclaim from horror/thriller fans for The Signal and the anthology driven Southbound, directs this feature. Actor Andy Serkis (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther) produced the picture which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
War for the Planet of the Apes was an excellent way to close out a successful trilogy, as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes had an epic showdown with a human army led by an unrelenting leader named Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Although the picture grossed over $490 million worldwide, the feature was still one of this year’s more underrated films (its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, grossed over $710 million worldwide). Along with another excellent performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar, Harrelson was also memorable as the antagonist, and their anti-climactic final conflict, at least in my opinion, was one of this year’s most surprising cinematic moments.
Click on the media bar below to hear Serkis talk about the “brilliantly real” CGI behind War for the Planet the Apes:
The Blu-ray’s special features include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, several featurettes on the making of the film, and a plethora of deleted scenes (with optional commentary from Reeves). One of the deleted scenes, however, is worth watching especially if you’re a fan of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequence features a discussion between Caesar and the Colonel which deals with the ultimate fate of Malcolm (Jason Clarke).
War for the Planet of the Apes is now out on on Blu-Ray and DVD.
War for the Planet of the Apes, the finest installment of the acclaimed trilogy, hits Blu-ray and DVD October 24 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
This time out Caesar (Andy Serkis giving an Oscar worthy performance) is on a quest for revenge after a ruthless man simply known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads an attack on his apes. After sustaining his share of tragedy, Caesar must devise a plan that fulfills his own personal vendetta and ensure the future safety of his apes.
Special features on the Blu-ray include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, deleted scenes with optional commentary from Reeves, a concept art gallery, and behind-the-scenes featurettes (“All About Caesar,” “WETA: Pushing Boundaries,” “Music for Apes,” “Apes: The Meaning of It All,” “The Apes Saga: An Homage”). The DVD version comes with the Reeves commentary, art gallery, and the “All About Caesar” featurette.
War for the Planet of the Apes has received excellent reviews, as its top notch storytelling and performances are pretty hard to beat. Hopefully Andy Serkis will receive an Oscar nomination for his work as Caesar, and Woody Harrelsonalso does fine work as Caesar’s adversary The Colonel.
Amiah Miller should also receive her share of attention as Nova, the youth who is discovered by Caesar and his fellow apes during their search for The Colonel. Nova is unable to speak a word (due to a spoiler I’m not willing to divulge), but through her actions she gradually fits in with Caesar’s clan.
Miller, who appreciated director Matt Reeves’ “soft spoken” yet focused approach to directing, was surprised when she was the final cut of the film.
“It’s crazy because I pictured something in my head reading the script,” said Miller. “And it turned out 1,000 times better when I first saw it.
Click on the media bar below to hear Amiah Miller discuss how, when she auditioned for the film, she had no idea it was an Apes installment!!
Though the first two installments were both excellent films, War for the Planet of the Apes may be the crowning achievement of the trilogy. This time out Caesar (Andy Serkis) is on a mission of both revenge and survival as a ruthless military leader known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) is focused on eliminating the apes from the face of the Earth.
Though Serkis has been roundly praised for his work as Caesar, his work may be underrated due to the eye catching performance capture and CGI that’s infused in the franchise. “What (Serkis) is at the forefront of is being a great actor,” He’s one of the best actors in the world. The reason people respond so emotionally to Caesar is behind Caesar is Andy Serkis’ performance which is remarkable.”
Click on the media to hear Reeves talk about how empathy is a huge theme that’s explored in the Apes trilogy:
War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide July 14.