A group of scientists in San Francisco struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.
|Release Date||:||June 26, 2014|
|Genres||:||Science Fiction, Action, Drama, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Ingenious Media, Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Matt Reeves, Jody Blose, Trisha Burton, Tracy L. Moody|
|Writers||:||Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle|
|Casts||:||Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Larramie Doc Shaw, Nick Thurston, Jocko Sims, Enrique Murciano, Keir O'Donnell, Lee Ross, Lombardo Boyar, Kevin Rankin, Jon Eyez, Richard King, Lucky Johnson, Al Vicente, Matthew James, Scott Lang, Deneen Tyler, Mustafa Harris, Mike Seal, J.D. Evermore, Chase Boltin, Michael Papajohn, Thomas Rosales, Jr., Carol Sutton, Christopher Berry|
|Plot Keywords||:||leader, colony, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, forest, sequel, woods, ape, scientist, monkey, medical research, animal attack, plague, 3d|
While this film was a little slow it delves into the heart of an issue that has plagued us for centuries: why do we fight each other and why do we go out of our way to kill each other. While this film involves the beginning of a war between humans and apes, this war could represent any war between two clans or factions, with the difference being ideological, cultural, or even as pathetic as the colour of one's skin. It is clear that the hostilities that arise come down to differences that are pretty much only skin deep, and that is that one side are apes and the other side is human.
As I watched this film though it made me think about the wars that are brewing, or raging, around the globe, and how many of these wars begin through misunderstandings and outright lies. Among the apes we are being told that humans are barbaric and dangerous, and that they cannot be trusted. Among the humans we are told that the apes are responsible for the virus that devastated humanity. Then there is the manipulation of facts and the propaganda that begins the war, as well as the struggle within the factions, between those who see war as being pointless, as well as those who believe that it is necessary, because those who do not go to war are weak and will end up being overthrown.
There is also the misunderstandings and the distrust between the two sides, for while they are told to discard their weapons, there is one that always has to ignore the request due to the fear that by discarding their weapons they open themselves up to being attacked and being defenceless. Of course there are those who are always looking for a peaceful solution, trying to work together, however the peaceful ones are always being undermined by the war mongers, who for some reason seem to have the loudest voices.
Sometimes I wonder whether Hollywood actually supports the warmongers in power, or whether they are closer to the left as the right claim they are. For me it is the Hollywood dichotomy in that they have aspects of both the left and the right within their culture. Obviously there is the lose morals of many of the characters, and of course the idea that seeking revenge for being wronged is actually okay (which seems to form the basis of many an action movie). In this film it is the question of war, and the fact that when it comes to war, those who cry for war, and those who manipulate the truth to fuel the passions of the masses, are those that then to come out on top, and those who advocate for peace are seen as weak, and in some cases, unpatriotic.