How Scientifically Plausible Is the ‘Simian Flu’ in Planet of the Apes?

The Planet of the Apes prequels did much to explain how humans lost their status as the dominant species on the planet—a cataclysmic set of events fueled by a global pandemic known as the “Simian Flu.” This virus, the product of a medical experiment gone horribly wrong, wiped out the vast majority of humans, but it boosted the brains of apes. And in the latest installment of the franchise, the virus has mutated into an insidious new form, affecting humans in some disturbing new ways. That’s a lot for a single virus to do, prompting the inevitable question: How feasible is the Simian Flu from a scientific perspective? Read More >>

Why War for the Planet of the Apes Ended the Way It Did (and Where It Could Go Next)

War for the Planet of the Apes is a unique effects-driven summer blockbuster in that it has a very clear end to a major part of its story. There’s no cliffhanger or obvious sequel hook here. And yet there’s still more story of the apes to tell. Read More >>

It’s Not Just the Apes That Aren’t Real in War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes tells its story very well, but all of that might be for nothing if the effects that created the apes weren’t perfect. But it’s not just the ape fur and faces that are missing from reality. Most of the locations don’t really exist. At least, not in the way they look on screen. Read More >>

The Planet of the Apes Prequels May Not Be Over Yet

War for the Planet of the Apes is being positioned as the end of a trilogy of Planet of the Apes prequels leading into the 1968 original. This is especially true because director Matt Reeves has already committed to another franchise. But, that doesn’t mean he thinks the story is over. Read More >>

Here’s Your Requisite ‘Shows the Whole Damn Thing’ War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

It’s always the same with blockbuster movie marketing these days—the closer you get to release, the more and more footage comes out to the point you could piece together everything chronologically and come away with a huge chunk of the actual movie. Sometimes the studios themselves do it for you in the form of trailers like this. Read More >>

War for the Planet of the Apes Is One of the Best—and Bleakest—Summer Blockbusters Ever

When War for the Planet of the Apes ended, I was unable to move. Glued to my seat, I sat dumbfounded at the achievement I’d just witnessed: an exquisitely filmed, emotionally stunning film that challenges what a big-budget, summer blockbuster is supposed to be. And it’s about a planet of apes. Read More >>

The Final Trailer For War for the Planet of the Apes Does Not Skimp on the War

Everyone’s angry at everyone else in the last War for the Planet of the Apes trailer, which makes sense, as the excellent prequel trilogy has always been building up to one final battle for the fate of human and simian kind. By the looks of it, it’s going to be one hell of a fight. Read More >>

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The New War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer Sets Up the Future We All Know Is Coming

War for the Planet of the Apes is a movie that is very aware that the story it’s telling is the creation myth of 1968's Planet of the Apes. And in this new trailer, multiple elements are propelling the story toward the human-ape confrontation that we know leads to a Planet of Apes. Read More >>

Andy Serkis Thinks Planet Of The Apes Is ‘Boyhood In The Jungle,’ And He’s Right

The main difference between the original Planet of the Apes series and the latest reboot is whose journey we take. In the first two films, the focus was on whatever human was nearby, and then shifted to time-travelling primates. The Tim Burton reboot zeroed in on Marky Mark. This time around, Planet of the Apes has always been, and continues to be, Caesar's story. Read More >>

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Humanity Prepares for the End in the First Trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes

And, given the title of the movie, it’s probably safe to assume that things are not going to end peacefully. Read More >>

Caesar Will Face a Powerful New Adversary in War for the Planet of the Apes

The downside to the new Planet of the Apes series is the films are so FX-heavy that they take a long time to make—and you may forget a new one is coming. War for the Planet of the Apes is on the horizon, though, and it’ll be introduced to the world as part of New York Comic-Con next weekend. Read More >>