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.
Having been part of The Hunger Games franchise, Woody Harrelson steps into one of cinema’s most iconic stories with War for the Planet of the Apes. He plays the Colonel, the main antagonist of the film who leads a wide scale and seemingly final battle against the Apes.
“You could easily look at the Colonel as a bad guy,” said Harrelson, who starred earlier this year in Wilson. “But I kind of look at him as a guy who feels called upon to do something great and important in this uncertain world.”
The original Planet of the Apes films had its share of memorable performances (Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall), and the latest string of films has also carved out wonderful work from its ensemble (most notably John Lithgowin Rise of the Planet of the Apes and of course Andy Serkis as Caesar in the both Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Hopefully War for the Planet of the Apes continues to carry the high level of storytelling as the previous installments.
Click on the media bar below to hear Harrelson talk about being a fan of the franchise.
After almost a month in theaters, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES remains in the box office top 10 and is nearing the $200m mark. A reboot of a science-fiction franchise that first hit the screen almost 50 years ago, the current incarnation is a crowd pleasing combination of suspenseful storytelling and state-of-the-art CGI special effects.
Directed by MATT REEVES from a screenplay by MARK BOMBECK, the cast includes GARY OLDMAN, KERI RUSSELL, ANDY SERKIS (in an award-worthy motion-capture performance), JASON CLARKE and KODI SMIT-McPHEE.
For director REEVES, being involved with the APES franchise has been a dream since childhood. When caught on the red carpet at this year’s WonderCon, he talked about connecting with his ‘inner nerd’ and the joy of being at the convention.
After a slow start, it appears that there might be a summertime box office boost with the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. In theaters today, DAWN is one of the most anticipated tentpoles of the season and, thankfully, delivers on its promise to be a real crowd pleaser. Directed by MATT REEVES from a screenplay by MARK BOMBACK, ANDY SERKIS absolutely steals the show with his ‘performance capture’ turn as Ceasar, the simian leader of the violent revolution against humankind. GARY OLDMAN leads the resistance and KERI RUSSELL and JASON CLARKE are on hand for support.
Rich with state-of-the-art technical effects, the film is just lush in its depiction of a post-apocalyptic war zone.
We caught up with OLDMAN on the red carpet at this year’s WonderCon and he talked about how impressed he is with what REEVES accomplished.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APESopens in theaters today.
Watching the ‘performance capture’ career of ANDY SERKIS has been nothing if not great fun. From his roots as Gollum in PETER JACKSON’S endless LORD OF THE RINGS epics to the titular role in KING KONG, from the creepy Capt. Haddock in STEVEN SPIELBERG’S slavishly loyal adaptation of THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN to the fierce simian Caesar in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, SERKIS has reinvented acting for the CGI/Electronic age. A master of manipulating face and body for the FX recreation of the most unusual characters, SERKIS has created for himself an entirely new category of acting for the screen.
This week will see SERKIS back on the big screen as Caesar in the much anticipated sequel DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and, once again, he knocks it out of the park. At a recent press conference to promote the film, he talked about why he wanted to return to the role of Caesar and his impression of director MATT REEVES. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APESopen in theaters 7/11.