Five Reasons You’ll Love It - November 27, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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War For The Planet Of The Apes - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

When 20th Century Fox opted against producing a sequel to Tim Burton’s slightly underwhelming remake of the 1968 B-Movie classic Planet Of The Apes, it was widely assumed that the franchise was dead on arrival.

So when 2011 things were resurrected for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, expectations were low, but were happily met when the movie was critically acclaimed and grossed almost $500 million at the box office.

A sequel, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, following in 2014, and now we get the final act with War For The Planet Of the Apes.

Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Gabriel Chavarria and Judy Greer star, while Matt Reeves returns to direct once again.

In this new instalment, we pick up directly after Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and find Caesar and his ape colony embroiled in a battle with an army of humans, an army led by Harrelson's ruthless Colonel. As the movie goes on the fighting means both sides take heavy losses and all is set up for a battle to determine which species will survive.

The movie hits DVD shelves on Monday (November 27th) and is available to pre-order on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K and Steelbook exclusive to hmv here.

Ahead of release we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it...

 

The visuals are stunning…

Three movies in and you can get a bit blase about the incredible detail of the apes, but it's still stunning to witness the way they move and interact throughout the film. 

 

Especially the action sequences…

The face-off between Caesar's apes and the soldiers is a thing of dark, dark beauty. 

 

Woody Harrelson makes an excellent villain…

Harrison plays Colonel McCullough, a bloodthirsty soldier commanding a loyal army, himself permanently teetering on the edge of madness. He’s electrifying, every time he’s on screen.

 

It's pacy and powerful...

Clocking in at two hours and 20 minutes, it's not a short watch, but it's still got real pace and verve, you won't be bored for a second. 

 

It’s a fitting finale…

All the talk is that this film is the final instalment, especially as director Matt Reeves has the small job of directing The Batman, then it’s a wonderful, poignant ending to the series. We won’t say any more than that...

 

War For The Planet Of The Apes is available to pre-order on DVD from hmv’s online store here.

To check out both previous instalments in the series, click here.

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