We pick up with the franchise two years after “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” after Caesar (a terrific Andy Serkis) defeated the treacherous ape Koba to assume leadership of the apes.
A state of war exists between the intellectually elevated apes and the remaining humans. The apes are making preparations to leave Muir Woods, where they have been living for years, and toying with the idea of a new home with copious food and water and no pesky humans.
Humans, on the other hand, have a non-ape problem. The virus that killed off most of them has mutated and is now spreading through the remaining population, removing the power of speech from victims. (See, the apes are now more human-like and the humans are now more ape … OK, yeah, you’re with me.)
Caesar wants a deal with the humans — leave us alone in the woods and we will leave you alone. The humans, led by a fanatical Colonel (Woody Harrelson going full-on Brando in “Apocalypse Now”), aren’t having it and launch a brutal attack on the apes.
Lives are lost, prisoners are taken and Caesar must decide what course of action to take: Liberate his people or finish off the humans perhaps for all.
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