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War for the Planet of the Apes (12A)

Action, Adventure, Drama

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

The critical consensus

This solid if unspectacular finish to the Apes trilogy features an A-game Andy Serkis and incredible VFX, but its darker excesses threaten to suffocate at times.

***(*)(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 26/06/2017

Apes together strong. And, thanks to an evocative story and the most realistic anthropoids you’ll find outside a zoo, this third Apes is the strongest yet.

****(*)James Dyer, Empire Online, 26/06/2017

The third of the Planet of the Apes ‘reboot series’ is just as good as its predecessors: a bold, sweeping adventure told with confidence and intensity.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/06/2017

Faultless on a technical level. Shame about the sloppy storyline.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 07/07/2017

The third instalment in the simian-fronted reboot will leave you shaken and stirred.

****(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 07/07/2017

It may help if you have seen the earlier films but this can stand alone and is an example of what can be achieved when all the miracles of modern film-making are placed at the service of a story with depth and heart.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 07/07/2017

As a parable about the decline of civilisation, War For The Planet Of The Apes is broadly effective.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 12/07/2017

Motion-capture apes are the stars of the thrilling third prequel, a psychological western turned war movie.

****(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 16/07/2017

If no other films were made in the series, this one’s elegiac finale would be a fitting end point. These apes feel like our best selves.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/07/2017

Features about War for the Planet of the Apes (12A)

The Godfather--but with chimpanzees: on set with War for the Planet of the Apes.

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 07/07/2017

How Planet of the Apes became a truly modern movie franchise.

Charles Bramesco, The Guardian, 13/07/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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