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The first full length trailer for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is out!
For those “LATE to the party”, don’t fret, here’s a quick breakdown of what this is all about – War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. The series started with RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES in 2011, which led us into DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES in 2014, and finally bring us to the here and the now with WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, opening in July 2017.
The Planet of the Apes series has a long and storied history, with many films and some attempts at reboots. The general premise of the franchise being that somehow, someway, in the future, intelligent apes have become the dominant species on the planet. With humans becoming the primary threat to ‘Ape-kind’ and hence are hunted, enslaved and/or killed.
Ten years after the worldwide pandemic of the deadly ALZ-113 virus, or Simian Flu, human civilization is completely destroyed all over the world. Over 99% of the human population has died in the pandemic, while apes with genetically enhanced intelligence have started to build a civilization of their own.
Near the ruins of San Francisco, Caesar leads an ape colony located in the Muir Woods. While walking through the forest, Caesar’s son Blue Eyes and his friend Ash encounter a man named Carver, who panics and shoots Ash, wounding him. Carver’s party, led by a man named Malcolm, arrive while Blue Eyes calls for the other apes. Caesar orders the humans to leave, and they flee to their community of survivors in San Francisco, who are genetically immune to the virus and living in a tower within the city. Prompted by Koba, a scarred bonobo who holds a grudge against humans for mistreatment, Caesar brings an army of apes to the tower, where he announces that while the apes do not want war, they will fight to defend their home. He demands that the humans stay in their territory and states the apes will stay in theirs too.
Malcolm convinces his fellow leader Dreyfus to give him time to reconcile with the apes and gain access to a hydroelectric dam in their territory, which could provide long-term power to the city. Dreyfus, distrustful of the apes, arms survivors using an abandoned armory. Malcolm travels to the ape village, where he is taken to Caesar. After a tense discussion, Caesar allows Malcolm to work on the dam’s generator. As Malcolm, his wife Ellie, and son Alexander work, they bond with the apes. Mutual distrust of both sides gradually subsides. Meanwhile, Koba discovers the armory and confronts Caesar, accusing him of loving humans more than apes. In response, Caesar severely beats Koba, but refrains from killing him; adhering to his philosophy that “ape not kill ape”, Caesar forgives Koba. After recovering, Koba returns to the armory, where he kills two guards and steals an assault rifle. Returning home, he secretly kills Carver.
The dam is eventually repaired, restoring power to the city. During the celebration, Koba sets fire to the apes’ home, then, unseen to anyone else, shoots Caesar, who falls from the settlement’s main tree. In the subsequent panic, Koba takes charge and, implicating Carver in the shooting, urges the apes to fight against the humans. He leads them into San Francisco, where they plunder the armory and charge the tower. Despite heavy casualties, the apes breach the building using a hijacked tank, and imprison the humans as Dreyfus flees underground. When Ash refuses Koba’s orders to kill unarmed humans, citing Caesar’s teachings, Koba kills Ash and imprisons the apes still loyal to Caesar.
Malcolm’s group finds Caesar barely alive and transport him to his former home in San Francisco. Caesar reveals to Malcolm that Koba shot him, realizing that apes can be as corrupt and violent as humans. Malcolm leaves the group and heads to the city to find medical supplies for Caesar. He encounters Blue Eyes, who spares him and returns to the house with him, where he reconciles with his father. Blue Eyes then returns to the tower and frees the imprisoned humans and apes. Malcolm leads the apes into the tower from below. After accomplishing this, Malcolm finds Dreyfus, who informs him that his men made radio contact with survivors at a northern military base, who are on their way to help fight the apes. Caesar confronts Koba at the top of the tower, but as they fight, Dreyfus detonates C-4 charges he planted beneath the tower, killing himself and destroying the ape tower. Caesar overpowers Koba, with Koba hanging over the edge of the tower. Pleading for his life, Koba reminds Caesar of his “Ape Not Kill Ape” philosophy, but Caesar rejects Koba as an ape, and lets go of his hand: Koba then plummets into the wreckage below to his death.
Malcolm informs Caesar of the impending arrival of human military reinforcements. Caesar tells Malcolm that the humans will never forgive the apes for the war they started and advises him to leave with his family for safety as the two of them acknowledge their friendship. As Malcolm disappears, Caesar stands before a kneeling mass of apes, awaiting the war to come.
In this latest and upcoming film – WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his ape colony are embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. When the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The battle puts Caesar against the humans’ leader, a ruthless Colonel, in an encounter that will determine the fate of their species and Earth’s future.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES stars Woody Harrelson as the grizzled and ruthless Human Colonel, and the talented Andy Serkis as Caesar (see the rest of the cast on IMDB). The film opens nationwide on July 14th 2017.
Here are more great images from the trailer – and the full length trailer is below!