War for the Planet of the Apes Awe Striking Visuals, Locations, and Exceptional Acting

War for the Planet of the Apes Film Details

Director: Matt Reeves  DecayMag.com War for the Planet of the Apes Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, Pierre Boulle


Matt Reeves

Mark Bomback

Based on characters by:

Rick Jaffa

Amanda Silver

Release Date:

July 14, 2017

Release Format:


MPAA Rating: PG-13


Action, Drama

Running Time:



After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.


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The apes’ peaceful life become rattled by a callous colonel who has made it a point to rid their kind, Caesar’s new mission to avenge adds on to the pressure of finding a new haven for all apes. Caesar sets out to fulfill his journey and battles between keeping humanity (if you will) and revenge.

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Karin Konoval, left, and Amiah Miller in Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”


As expected, the film’s cinematography was five star. The shooting locations are engaging, set design adds the element, the coloring sets the tone, camera movement unravels the story, the special effects and score are revolutionary and legendary.

To start, these locations are breathtaking with help coming from elaborate set designs. The apes found temporary sanctuary in the lush, thick, green forest and have constructed a massive tree house they have called home. Life becomes interrupted by an attack and creates a campaign that leads into war. This scene, itself has spectacular visual and sound effects. The mountains and soldier campground, although uninviting, is stunning. Audiences will see the details contributing to the realness of the film.

The tone was stated by the use of color and camera movement. Warm orange hues tint on screen during moments of peace and compassion and friendliness. Blue hues become noticeable during the majority of the film setting the cold and merciless attitude of war and vengeance. The movement of the camera and its angles helped with the visual storytelling of the film. This also helps capture the lifelike apes on screen from their close-up expression to their body language during the film.

DecayMag.com War for the Planet of the Apes Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, Pierre Boulle

Weta Digital provided the top of the line technology to take characters such as Caesar (Andy Serkis), Maurice (Karin Konoval), and Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) to real life. The actors dressed in motion capturing gray bodysuits and facial recognition dots captured the true emotion and ape movements. Thanks to great training by stunt coordinator Terry Notary, the actors portrayed apes in such a way it is impossible to not be in awe.

Weta also did an impeccable job of the fine details such as wet fur, snowflakes or an injury on the apes, and feelings projected through their eyes revolutionizes War for The Planet of The Apes. The performance is stellar.

DecayMag.com War for the Planet of the Apes Mark Bomback, Matt ReevesPierre Boulle

The interaction between Caesar, The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and the other soldiers are solid. Nova (Amiah Miller) gives a heartwarming performance and symbolizes the humanity within this war.

We meet a new comical, innocent character, Bad Ape, who embarks on a journey of his own with trust and bravery. Maurice continues to be the wise adviser and Rocket (Terry Notary) the trustworthy general. It is obvious who our victors will be but what comes as a delight is a way the apes survive. Let’s just say that climbing trees is a great advantage apes have over humans. Many emotional whirlwinds lead us to the victory and the completion of Caesar’s journey.

The final component to this epic film is the score. Beautiful, powerful, soul gripping composition by Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino, the score is the audio highlighter that provides an emotional connection to War for The Planet of The Apes.

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