New Planet of the Apes is ‘bril­liant cin­ema’

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

WAR for the Planet of the Apes is bril­liant pop cul­ture cin­ema: brood­ing, emo­tive, in­tel­li­gent and in­tense.

The 140-minute fea­ture is a tri­umphant mar­riage of state-of-the-art ef­fects and an un­wa­ver­ingly grim tone.

The film con­tin­ues the events in Rise and its ex­cel­lent fol­low-up, to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

War for Planet of the Apes is a rare ex­am­ple of a Hol­ly­wood block­buster that en­gages while mak­ing you think and feel.

As dark and as cyn­i­cal of a film it of­ten feels, there is some sur­pris­ing hope that has been baked into its cre­ator’s vi­sion.

Of all the films this year, War for The Planet of the Apes is the most hu­man.

PHOTO: COUR­TESY OF TWEN­TI­ETH CEN­TURY FOX

APE WAR: A scene from War for the Planet of the Apes.

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