Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman
The continuation of the Planet of the Apes saga brings us up to date with what Caesar's been doing for the past 10 years, since the Simian flu killed off most the Earths population. I can tell you he's been busy and so too have the guys behind the scenes, because the CGI Characters have taken on a life of their own. It's gotten to the point where you can't tell real from imaginary. So much that they have given Andy Serkis top billing for running around in black spandex with little white balls attached to him.
As much as CGI maketh the Ape, you still need a good story and DOTPOTA doesn't disappoint. The Apes have retreated into the woods and started to grow into a primitive hunter and gatherer civilization. The men go hunting and the women stay at home having babies and commenting on who has the prettiest Hijab. Sounds familiar. In fact the core theme of the film actually tries to show how the Apes are NOT like humans.
They are taught the mantra "Ape not Kill Ape", even if the other Ape doesn't believe in your God. They ban guns and violence and have schools where kids don't walk around shooting each other. It's the dawn of a new world order or is it just the repeat of the one that has just passed. Still there is hope for chimp-kind and in Caesar we trust.
It's a great film and they try to keep it as real as possible with the evolution of the voice box and in general how things would pan out if Apes could talk. I was a bit disappointed they didn't mention anything about the lost spaceship Icarus and I was waiting for some sort of time travel twist, but nothing. Maybe next time. ROB