Ten years have passed since the apes escaped the hands of exploitative humans inside a medical lab, where experiments to cure Alzheimer’s went awry. The “cure” wiped the human populace, instead, and left only a handful in distraught places. It was a bad case of good intentions that backfired, and the sequel shares the same sentiment.
The apes have settled themselves in Muir Woods. They thrived and established their own family with Caesar (Andy Serkis) taking the lead. But as it turns out, their contact with humans is far from over. The two species found themselves needing (and helping) each other, but conflict arises when betrayal gets in the way of their newfound peace.
What triggered this betrayal are people wanting to connect. They needed to access a hydroelectric dam to restore power; thus, they wanted to penetrate ape territory so bad. Whether intentionally or not, that was one underlying theme, which I thought mocked our thirst for power (literally and figuratively).
Let’s face it: it’s hard not to root for the apes. But the movie did not antagonize the humans entirely. Just like us, apes are capable of betraying their own kind. And it goes without saying that this movie has heart. The most heartbreaking scene was definitely the one where Caesar finds an old video of himself with Dr. Will Rodman (James Franco), the person who raised and taught him well.
And I know Serkis is awesome and all, but we have to recognize other talents as well. I can only imagine how hard it is to act with wires attached to your face, so kudos to the actors!
I’m sure a lot of reviews have given this film the praise it deserves. To sum it up, it was a great cinematic experience.