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War for the Planet of the Apes

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning SDH

Matt Reeves

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About the Movie

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). But after the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and resolves to avenge his kind, pitting him against the Colonel in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species...and the future of the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 267
  • Fresh: 248
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A consistently intelligent, morally thoughtful and often beautiful picture. – Charles Taylor, Newsweek, Jul 13, 2017

Fresh: Suspenseful, mournful, grand, sensitively performed by the ape-actors, and told with such visual authority that whenever the humans start flapping their fancy gums you sort of resent it. – Chris Klimek, NPR, Jul 13, 2017

Fresh: Although it rouses and overwhelms, it ain't much fun. ... Still, there is much to relish. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jul 17, 2017

Fresh: The best summer blockbuster in years, a smart, thoughtful, confrontational and challenging allegory for a world run amok. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Jul 14, 2017

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Customer Reviews

A Travesty

I'm a big fan of the original POTA series and also Rise and Dawn, and in fact I own all of these movies. I will not be purchasing War. I saw the movie last night and halfway through I felt like walking out. I don't know what happened as the producers, director and writers are all essentially the same as from Dawn. The storyline is simple to the point of being insulting, as time and again the main characters are bailed out of their situation through storytelling hijinks. The acting by the "Apes" is again superb, but Harrelson's character is a shell of the character protrayed by Gary Oldman in Dawn; also there are simply no serious or interesting "human" characters in this movie - the only one besides Harrelson's character to have any depth whatsoever is a young girl who ends up taking actions later in the movie that defy all logic while never saying a word. All in all, this felt like a rushed approach to simultaneously wrap up this "trilogy" and tie it back to the OG POTA.

Speaking of tying "War" (in quotes on purpose!) to the other POTA movies, aside from some scrawl at the beginning of the movie, one scene with a drum sequence playing in the background, and the iconic scarecrows, there was little to no nods to any of the other POTA movies. I find this to be particularly disappointing since both Dawn and Rise did such a great job in this regard.

Also, why the hell do you have an Apache flying/fighting like a jet??

Oscar worthy

This movie was amazing!! If you like Planet of the apes movies you won't be disappointed. The only bad thing about this movie is that eventually it had to end. I already preordered it on iTunes.


Honestly, this is the best planet of the apes, in the series. It was epic! I would see this again!