Woody Harrelson On the High Stakes of War for the Planet of the Apes
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the second entry in the series from director Matt Reeves, humans and apes are both in dire straits. Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) group of intelligent apes is facing a harsh winter, made harsher by the ongoing conflict with humanity. Meanwhile, humans have been driven to the brink of extinction by the so-called Simian Flu, and military leader Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) is determined not to go down without a fight.
Though the marketing has touted epic battles between the two species, War of the Planet of the Apes is primarily a POW movie in the vein of The Great Escape, with a heavy dose of Apocalypse Now influence (it even features some graffiti with the quip “Ape-pocalypse Now”). McCullough is certainly a villain, but the movie reveals how and why he was pushed to villainy, and why he has a particular desire to harm the ...
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