What we learned from the War for the Planet of the Apes trailer

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer

It’s here – ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ has a new trailer, and it’s absolutely awesome.

It’s been six years since ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ brought us the heart-wrenching story of Caesar – the next step in the evolution of the apes and eventual leader of apekind. Now, this new trailer for ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ channels the franchise’s early beginnings with some memorable (and teary) quotes.

Starring Andy Serkis as the unconquerable Caesar, it looks as though ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ sets up an astounding battle between man and ape. And I think we all know who’s going to come out on top.

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But what did we learn from the new trailer?

The Apes came in peace

A threat to humanity? – Credit: 20th Century Fox

Ape/human relations have been rather strained throughout the ‘Planet of the Apes’ trilogy… and it’s not about to get any better. But while the humans lash out, it seems a certain ape leader claims he didn’t start this.

“I did not start this war,” says Caesar. “I fight only to protect apes.”

But while the apes offer mercy, the humans are clearly on their last legs and judging by Woody Harrelson’s mysterious Colonel, they’re terrified that they’re about to be completely wiped out. Worse than that – that apes will take their place.

“I offered you peace,” says Caesar. “I showed you mercy.”

But it seems that just wasn’t enough.

The Humans struck first?

A threat or a promise? – Credit: 20th Century Fox

When will we ever learn? Despite all the bloodshed and fighting of the previous movies, humans continue to make mistakes in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. Despite offers of peace and mercy, the mysterious Colonel decides to take drastic action.

“There are times when it is necessary to abandon your humanity in order to save humanity,” he proclaims in a rousing, yet completely gut-wrenching speech.

And that’s when a surprise attack hits the apes head on.

Enter soldiers, missiles and mass carnage and a good reason for the apes to fight back.

Caesar is holding a grudge

You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry – Credit: 20th Century Fox

Throughout the ‘Planet of the Apes’ saga, Caesar has always done everything in the name of his fellow apes. After all, fights only to protect them. But that’s about to change when Caesar goes up against the Colonel.

After the devastating human attack,  Caesar holds a grudge.

Not against humanity, but against that one man.

“Have you come to save your apes?” asks the Colonel as they square off.

“I came for you,” responds Caesar and the epic fight scene begins.

Sure, it may seem a little out of character for poor old Caesar, but remember he’s been pushed to breaking point. We have no idea the extent of the damage to his home and his people after the humans attacked and perhaps it’s time he sought revenge for it all.

The Apes have a Human friend

Awww, cute – Credit: 20th Century Fox

Obviously, not all humans are bad and once again, the apes seem to have a token human they can trust. This time around, it’s a small girl who seems to have befriended a gorilla, as well as riding alongside an orangutan in another scene.

They clearly have some kind of special bond. But will this loyalty be tested when the two faction go to war? I get the feeling she’s going to provide a much-needed link between the humans and apes.

But will she still be a friend of the apes by the end of the movie?

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ stars Andy Serkis, Wood Harrelson, and Judy Greer.

Matt Reeves directed the film based on a script he co-wrote with Mark Bomback.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ new poster (20th Century Fox)

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ heads to cinemas on 14 July 2017.

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