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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was so profoundly disappointing that I had no interest in seeing a third film in what should never have been a trilogy to begin with. The “middle” movie in this re-imagined, new-millennium saga, is a dull curiosity that happened to come out between two brainy, ballsy, stand-alone films. Rise (2011), a cautionary tale about scientific hubris, climaxed with mankind battling artificially evolved primates. The latest film, War (a misnomer of marketing necessity), centers on the last stand between apes and a decimated American military, as represented by OG test subject Caesar (masterfully voiced and motion-captured by Andy Serkis) and a murderous, rogue colonel (Woody Harrelson), respectively. Audiences seeking a predictable, bloody battle of intractable armies may be turned off by director Matt Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback’s lonesome, winding journey of post-apocalyptic self-actualization. Pity them for digging three graves instead of two.