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War For The Planet Of The Apes Review

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The surprisingly thoughtful prequel trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion with this robust, dramatic thriller, which avoids most of the annoying cliches of action blockbusters to offer something much deeper. As before, the film is anchored by a startlingly realistic motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis that fills the screen with complex emotions.

As the lab-created virus continues to sweep across the world, killing humans and giving sentient abilities to apes, a tenacious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) is making one last stand for mankind. While raiding a nearby ape village, he kills ape leader Ceasar's (Serkis) family, which finally convinces Caesar that peace with humans won't be possible. With revenge in mind, Caesar takes his faithful orangutan advisor Maurice (Karin Konoval) on a mission to track down the Colonel while arranging for the colony to make its escape. Along the way, Caesar reluctantly rescues an abandoned little girl (Amiah Miller) and a chatty orphaned ape (Steve Zahn). Meanwhile, the Colonel has holed up in a military base awaiting reinforcements from the north to wipe out the apes for good.

Unlike most action movies, this film plays out patiently, with long scenes that reveal internal motivations, deepening the characters and situations profoundly. Director Matt Reeves never rushes through a set-piece, allowing them to evolve organically, even if there are a couple of oddly convenient plot points later on. The point is that the film centres on the internalised thoughts and feelings of the characters, rather than their physicality in the big action moments. Which of course draws us into the complexities of the story and forces us to consider the bigger ideas swirling around. This also means that scenes never play out in predictable ways, constantly surprising the audience with refreshing twists that undermine and redefine the genre.

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Karin Konoval at the U.S premiere for the War of the Planet of the Apes - NYC, New York, United States - Tuesday 11th July 2017

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War For The Planet Of The Apes Trailer


The long anticipated war between man and ape has finally arrived. The leader of the genetically-modified apes, Caesar, refuses to take responsibility for it; he has given the surviving humans too chances to maintain peace between them to count, but it's not in a human being's nature to allow their planet to be ruled by anything other than their own species. After Caesar's former right-hand man Koba betrays him and incites anger between both humans and apes, their ultimate civility was always going to collapse into an all-out war. Now that an army has been assembled lead by the Colonel, no mercy will be shown towards their primate counterparts. Though there is one man, the Preacher, who still believes there's a chance there can be peace.

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Step Up: All In Trailer


'Step Up: All In' serves as the fifth instalment of the 'Step Up' franchise which will see Sean Asa forming a new dance crew to enter eccentric dance competition The Vortex, after failing a dance audition. Should they win the competition, they will receive the ultimate prize of a three year contract in Vegas, however the competition is fierce, so our protagonists will have to show their best moves if they're going to win.

'Step Up: All In' will feature characters from each of the previous 'Step Up' films such as Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) of 'Step Up: Revolution'; 'Step Up 2: The Streets' protagonist Andie West (Briana Evigan); Camille Cage (Alyson Stoner) who featured in 'Step Up' and 'Step Up 3D'; and Moose (Adam G Sevani), a character in 'Step Up 2: The Streets', 'Step Up 3D' and 'Step Up: Revolution'. 

Trish Sie has directed the film; her first full length directorial, having only previously directed the short film 'Long Socks' and Ok Go videos 'Here We Go Again' and 'OK Go: Oh No Special Edition'. Sie has previously done choreography for the 2011 films 'God Bless America' and 'The Future', and she also won a Grammy for her work on 'Here We Go Again'. The film is produced by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, who have produced all the previous 'Step Up' films.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer


Earth has become a post-apocalyptic nightmare inhabited by the few survivors of a virus that plagued the globe nearly ten years ago, affecting only humans and destroying civilisation. Now, a breed of genetically modified apes whose intelligence and strength exceed far beyond the mental capabilities of mankind are well on their way to becoming the rulers of the planet - a power that the humans aren't about to give up in a hurry. They are led by the ruthless original 'improved' primate Caesar, and the once immaculately built-up cities of the world have overgrown into isolated wilderness. With apes on the warpath and mankind struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the face of the oncoming menace, the two races must join together and form some kind of peaceful truce, lest the fate of the world becomes even more dismal.

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Step Up: All In Trailer


The stakes are high in the latest addition to the 'Step Up' franchise as characters both old and new unite once more for possibly the biggest dance competition of their lives. They must work together if they want to win an epic dance battle to be awarded with their own show, and following dramatic events in 'Step Up Revolution', all Sean wants in the dance community is peace. Unfortunately, that proves to be a little more difficult than he first thought when he reintroduces Andie into the mix and the pair of them find themselves at loggerheads over who's going to be the crew's leader. With tensions within the group and the pressure to go all in and pull some incredible moves out of the bag, will they hold themselves together long enough to win that chance in a lifetime show?

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Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes - Teaser Trailer


Nearing a decade after a massive percentage of human civilisation was destroyed after a virus affecting only mankind spread its way across the globe, a breed of genetically modified apes with intelligence beyond normal capacity are on the verge of ruling the Earth, led by the original genetically reformed primate, Caesar. The once immaculate cities have become wild, with only a few survivors left to take on the challenge of rebuilding their lives - but it's something they are unlikely to achieve until some sort of peace is reached between the humans and apes. When that fails, the only thing left is war; something that could turn brutal enough to wipe out both species on their quest for dominance. 

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