In Review: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Synopsis: In Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Many years after the reign of Caesar, a young ape goes on a journey that will lead him to question...
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Synopsis: In Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Many years after the reign of Caesar, a young ape goes on a journey that will lead him to question everything he’s been taught about the past and make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

 

The Story

Several Generations have passed since Caesar’s death, and the apes are no longer united under a single leader but are now split off into different settlements. When Noa sees his settlement attacked and his family abducted by the Gorillas and their leader Proxima he begins a long and arduous journey to find his family and take them home.  Along the way Noa meets up with an old orangutan called Raka who tells him of the times of Caesar when Apes and humans lived alongside each other. Noa finds this hard to believe given that most humans are now ferrel and not considered particularly smart. This view changes when he and Raka pick up Mae a human woman on a mission to retrieve something that could help reunite the human being, but can she be trusted?

As the three journey together, Proxima and his Gorillas eventually capture them. Rake sacrifices himself so that May and Noa can live and fight on. When they are taken to Proxima’s camp Mae is held captive with another human who has been reading books to Proxima about the Roman Empire. It would seem that Proxima is basing his leadership on the tactics of the famous Roman dictator Julius Caesar. As the plot thickens we learn that Proxima is sitting on a gold mine of human technology and books that he cannot access due to it being locked in a vault. However May with a little help from Noa and his people look to prevent Proxima from ever accessing the Vault.

 

The Acting

Owen Teague puts in a fantastic performance as Noa who slowly grows into a leadership role as he sets about rescuing what is left of his tribe and his family. I loved the scenes between Noa and Raka (Peter Macon) who becomes somewhat of a mentor figure for Noa and fills him in on the history of the Apes and how the prior generations lived alongside humans. He also tells Noa about how much of a unifying figure Caesar was for the apes.

Freya Allan is good as Mae. Even though it is quite obvious early on that she is not likely to be completely on the same side as Noa.

Kevin Durand chews through pretty most of the scenery as Proxima who is the misguided villain of the film.

 

Overall

The fourth film in the rebooted Apes movie series. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes starts off a new story arc that might well start off a second trilogy of films if this proves popular enough. We get left with an interesting cliffhanger where we see Mae hand over some technology to a woman at a human colony that is occupying a communications centre that is surrounded by ground-based satellite communications technology. Mae hands the leader of this colony a key. This could indicate that the creators of this new series of apes films are gearing up for their modern take on Battle for The Planet of the Apes. However they might well do something completely different which I am all for, but I’d love to see an Apes movie that sees the Apes driving cars and piloting planes and so forth like they did in they did in the 1975 animated series Return to The Planet of the Apes.

All that said though. I found this to be a fairly entertaining film.
9.3
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
  • Story
    8.7
  • Acting
    9.6
  • CGI & Stunts
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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