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CINEMA

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2024)

MPAA: PG13.
Release Date: 05/08/24 [Cinemas]
Genre: Action. Adventure. SciFi.

Studio: 20th Century Studios. 

"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." 

OUR MOVIE REVIEW:

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes reaches new heights with its longest and most ambitious installment yet, delivering breathtaking visuals, enthralling performances, and thought-provoking themes on power and legacy. This movie respects Caesar's legacy with a biblical nod while using its longer runtime to dive deep into new and old stories. Directed by Wes Ball, it connects Caesar's era with a future where his teachings have become almost mythical, adding rich layers to ape society's complex politics.

 

The performances are outstanding. Kevin Durand, as Proximus Caesar is both powerful and layered, bringing a forceful presence to the screen. Owen Teague’s role as Noa is intense, combining physicality and deep emotion, making his character's journey central to the story. Freya Allen, as Mae, the mysterious human girl, adds a key element of intrigue, enhancing the interspecies dynamics and highlighting the fragile coexistence between apes and humans. Each actor shines in their role, with Durand and Teague especially benefiting from advanced motion capture tech that makes their characters incredibly lifelike.

 

Visually, the film is breathtaking, featuring some of the most exciting action sequences in the series. Wes Ball’s direction blends digital effects with superb storytelling, creating an engaging and immersive experience. The action scenes are particularly thrilling, showcasing innovative choreography and stunning visuals that keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes not only entertains but also dives into significant sociological questions, exploring themes of power, oppression, and the rewriting of history. It reflects on how societies interpret and twist legacies to suit their narratives, adding a thought-provoking layer to the story. This movie is a must-see, opening up exciting possibilities for future installments in the saga.

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