Directed by Matt Reeves
Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Mark Bomback
Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee
I can’t help but feel like this is an ape movie. By ‘ape movie’ I mean, the actors are apes playing apes characters dealing with their ape life dramas and conflicts and apes sentiment. The humans are some kind of background, supporting roles in their lives. What I’m saying is, if this were a human-animal relationship movie, the apes would be the humans and the humans would be the apes. If you know what I mean.
I wasn’t kidding when I said those apes scared the shit out of me. They have been since Rise. They’re just so creepy. Not how they look, but how they talk, I guess? Not that talking apes are odd, it’s the way they talk, the way they say their words out loud. With that deep, thick, raspy voices and sharp stares. Jeez, I winced and covered my ears every time I sensed one was about to speak.
The movie picked up a while after where Rise left off. The world is facing ‘apocalypse’ or more of a ‘human extinction’ because the apes, who were experimented on in the previous movie, are known to be the source of the spreading virus which was resulted in Simian Flu plague among the human race. People die from the disease, or if not, from the riot over the disease. One day, a group of immune survivors come across the growing nation of evolved apes led by Caesar and an occurring event during the unexpected rendezvous causes the apes to feel threatened. The conflict of trusts and coexistence between them increases the likelihood of interspecies war happening.
Andy Serkis is the strong soul of Caesar as he is the leader of the apes, the strongest, wisest of them (now with a family of his own). Jason Clarke is the human male lead, portraying Malcolm, an ordinary man who’s gone through big loss and just trying to help and survive. Keri Russell and Gary Oldman(!) are to my surprise nothing more than supporting roles. It’s amazing how the apes are the one with the core story (love, brotherhood, betrayal) and it’s so sentimental and nonetheless engaging, while the humans seem to be just random survivors they happen to cross paths with.
The film is undoubtedly enjoyable, entertaining, scaring and a good one. A simple life drama with so much familiarity reflected in a sense of difference and at the same time, similarity. And it’s refreshing, although scary.
And at the end of the day, we are all apes. Primate, I mean.
Two worlds, one family.
My Rating: 7.8/10