DAMN YOU DIRTY APES
The movie takes place ten years after the last one. Caesar tries to maintain order over a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who are threatened by a band of humans in San Francisco, survivors of the devastating virus that they hinted at in the last (they also hinted at the astronauts being the only survivors but they apparently nixed it) They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. The ACTING job of Andy Serkis (the motion capture talent and voice behind Caesar) deserves attention from the Academy for his work as Gollum in LOTR but HOLY CRAP, HE DID IT AGAIN!! He is a mastermind. With a blend of his and the computer animators work, it was easily the best computer animated character in a movie I have ever seen. Job well done. I think my favorite character in the movie was Koba, Caesars trusted right hand monkey. Great talent by the actor behind the effects, British Actor, Toby Kebbell. The human actors were okay. Jason Clarke plays Malcom, leader of the Humans who teams up with Caesar. I really want to like Jason Clarke but it wasn't on par with the apes. I still think his future is bright in H-wood. I'm not even sure why Gary Oldman was in this movie, payday maybe? His character was very flat and had really no purpose in the film. The score was really bad, I usually can get over mediocre music in a movie but appeared to be forced and unimaginative. Too bad. If you are like my wife, who has no desire to watch a movie like this-do yourself a favor and check it out. You'll be surprised.
Overall, this movie kicked some serious monkey ass. It had heart, action were it was needed and enough to make you think as far as a summer movie can do.
Best ape movie in the modern age (sorry Tim Burton, your movie sucked)
Verdict 7/10 At least rent it (or download it or stream it, whatever)