The Apes Go Into Battle in First Trailer for "War for the Planet of the Apes"

Friday, 09 December 2016 - 11:20AM
War for the Planet of the Apes
Friday, 09 December 2016 - 11:20AM
The Apes Go Into Battle in First Trailer for "War for the Planet of the Apes"
After two slow-burning prequels, the war between apes and humans is finally here. The first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes was just released, and it shows Caesar leading his fellow apes into a wintry battle with the remaining humans, led by the always-nefarious Woody Harrelson.


In this sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar finally admits that war with the humans is inevitable after suffering "unimaginable losses" at the hands of Harrelson's villainous "Colonel." He already looks to be a suitably sociopathic villain, especially when he has a deceptively tender moment with an ape before executing it. Plus, any movie/TV character who is seen shaving his own head is automatically bad news (see: Shane from The Walking Dead). 

Overall, the trailer makes the movie look violent and dark, with a cute child to give it a human component. The only corny moment comes at the end, when there's a very on-the-nose reference to the fact that this is a lead-in to Planet of the Apes (as if the clunky title didn't make that obvious already). But still, this should be another fun blockbuster anchored by standout performances from Harrelson and Andy Serkis, who is always amazing to watch as Caesar. Maybe this will finally be the year he gets the first Oscar nomination for a motion-capture performance.

Here's the official synopsis:

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In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
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War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.
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