War for the Planet of the Apes

Synopsis: Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
Director(s): Matt Reeves
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 46 nominations.
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140 min

Fifteen years ago,

a scientific experiment gone wrong

gave RISE to a species

of intelligent apes

and destroyed most of

humanity with a virus

that became known

as Simian Flu.


With the DAWN of a new ape

civilization led by Caesar,

the surviving humans

struggled to coexist.

But fighting finally broke

out when a rebel ape, Koba,

led a vengeful attack against humans.


The humans sent a distress call

to a military base in the North,

where all that remained of

the U.S. Army was gathered.

A ruthless Special Forces

Colonel and his hardened battalion

were dispatched to

exterminate the apes.

Evading capture for the last two years,

Caesar is now rumoured to

be marshalling the fight

from a hidden command base in the wood,

as the WAR rages on.







Is that a trench?

It looks like there's

more of them inside.

Echo 2-6 to command.

Colonel, we've got eyes on

3 kongs in the north woods.

One of them is armed.

Our donkey just

spotted another trench.

Maybe the base is near.

Yes, sir.

Yes, sir. Copy.




The one with the gun.

As soon he guns him down,

you guys take out the trench.

- Yes, sir.

- Yes, sir.


Come on!


Fall back!

Colonel, do you copy?


- Who is this?

- Preacher, sir.

- Preacher.

- Where are you, soldier?

- I need your position.

- I don't know.

What do you see?

I can't see anything, sir.

We lost a lot of men and

captain is dead, sir.

Calm down.

You're in command now.

Command, sir?

I think its just me by myself now.

Colonel, I dont think

Im gonna make it, sir.

I am sorry.

I am so sorry, sir.

Listen to me.

Kill as many as you can.

No. No, no!

63 dead.

You are him.

You're Caesar.

We've been searching

for you for so long.

We heard you had a

hidden command base,

but we could never find it.

Some of us were starting to

think that you might be dead,

but the Colonel McCullough said

you were out here somewhere.

- Kill us already.

- Shut up, man!

What? They're animals.

He's gonna slaughter us.

I did not start this war.

The ape who did is dead.

His name was Koba.

I killed him.

- Now I fight only to protect apes.

- Yeah?

What about him?

We got ten more just like him.

I know these apes.

They followed Koba.

They tried to kill me.

They fear what I will do to them.

So now

they serve you...

just to survive.

I no fear you!

You must fear!

How long you think

woods can protect you?

Humans destroy you.

Their Colonel has all power.

For them,

he more than just human.

He everything.

He say:
"First Caesar die...

then all of you die."


Take this traitor outside!

What should we do with the humans?

You are letting us go?

Tell your Colonel...

you have seen me now.

And I have a message for him.

Leave us the woods...

and the killing can stop.

Do you think they will

give him the message?

They are the message, Maurice.

He will see we are not savages.

The traitor attacked me!

He got away!

Koba still haunts us.

What I didn't see that he could not

forgive what humans did to him.

No one could have known

how much darkness...

was living inside him.


Welcome home, Rocket.

You look tired.

- It was a long journey.

- Father, we found something!




Say hi to your brother!

Look who's here, son...


This is it, Father.

We can start over.

A new home.

What is beyond those mountains, son?

Show them, Rocket.

A desert!

The journey is long...

But that is why humans

will not find us.

We must leave tonight!


That's impossible.

How long can we wait, Lake?

Soldiers getting closer!


Your son's been gone, Caesar...

He doesn't know how hard it's been.

I know you are scared...

We all are...

But we are still planning...

Yes. We must find

a safe way out of woods.

There were only two of you.

But we are many.

We will find a way out of here.

Apes together strong.

Stay here, son.

Protect your mother and brother!

Caesar! What's wrong?

How many on patrol?

- Five? Six?

- Get them!

Luca, get Rocket too.

Unit calling command.


- Rocket? What happened?

- I heard him talking! Colonel is here!

Ninety-nine, target acquired.

Ninety-nine, target acquired.

Repeat, King Kong is dead.

Let's go.

I get up from here.


We can't find Winter!

He was scared! I think he betrayed us!

Have you found Cornelius yet?

We're still searching.

Let's go look for Caesars little son.

Come, Cornelius.

You're safe now.


You loved my son.

Look after his brother,

until I return.

You're not coming with

us to our new home?


Go with Lake.

Caesar! You're not going after them?!

Not them, him.

Caesar, you are our leader!

We can't leave without you!

You must.

The soldiers will be back soon.


When I find him,

the soldiers will all come after me.

That makes you the best

chance to get out of woods.

Where is he going?!

Caesar! Caesar!

The soldiers' camp is always moving.

My guards think they

know where it is.

- Let me take you.

- You need me to back you up!



I know what it's like to lose a son.

I may not make it back.

That's why I'm coming.

To make sure you do.

Guards think soldiers here...

Always fires burning.

No one here.

Search the area.

Just gonna put this down.

What's he doing out here alone?

Maybe he's a deserter?

Look around.

Take what you can.

Something wrong with her.

I don't think she can speak.


She'll die out here alone.

We cannot take her, Maurice.

I understand...

But I cannot leave her.

Did you find the Colonel?



Where is the Colonel?

- He's gone.

- Gone?

He left this morning,

took many men with him.

More soldiers are coming

down from the North.

The Colonel is going to

meet them at the border.

What border?


I don't know.

But the rest of us are going tomorrow.

Donkeys think the

soldiers from the North

are coming to help finish

off the apes for good.

That day, after the

battle on the hill,

the donkey we caught promised me

the Colonel would spare my life

if I told them where you were hiding.

Forgive me!

My son...

My wife...

are dead.

Now what do we do?

Wait till the soldiers go...

Follow them to the Colonel.


Ape not kill ape.

The soldiers are leaving!

They stopped.

What are they shooting at?

I don't know.

Why did they shoot you?

Like her!

He cannot speak!

He will die of those wounds.


Where did the soldiers go?!

Winter said they

were going to a border.

Yes but which way is that?!

Bad... ape.

Bad ape.

Who are you?

What are you doing here?

I don't think he understands.

I don't recognize him.

He's not one of us.

Are you alone here?



I see girl.

I think you human.

But you ape.

Like me!

No, no.

Put down.

- How long have you been here?

- Long time. Long... long time.


Old home.



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Mark Bomback

Mark Bomback (born August 29, 1971) is an American screenwriter, originally from New Rochelle, New York. Bomback is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied English Literature and Film Studies. more…

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