When Rise of the Planet of the Apes was about to be released in 2011, I was very wary of it, because prequels, as a general rule, are horrible. However, Rise was a surprisingly great film and its sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is practically a masterpiece. Now comes the third film in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes. Does it continue the streak of quality or does it fall into the typical traps of most trilogy-cappers?
2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprise to many moviegoers. What looked to be a crass relaunch of a property that was long dead turned out to be one of the best films of 2011 and an exciting and inventive way to restart the franchise. The sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not the same film. It’s better.