Claps for: For coming up with an astounding sequel.
Slaps for: Nothing.
Popcorn refill: Absolutely none except the interval.
Story: Ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, there has been a deadly outbreak of the Simian flu virus which has plunged the human race into near extinction. The surviving humans live in a colony with no connection to the outside world, while the apes are seemingly getting evolved. Caesar is the genetically evolved ape from the prequel, who is the undisputed leader of the apes that reside in the jungles on the outskirts of San Francisco. Meanwhile, San Francisco has become a mere shadow of its past and is inhabited by a pocket of surviving humans. A group of humans led by Malcolm venture into the jungles in search of a dam which could help provide electricity to the city. Here, they come in contact with the apes and all hell is about to break loose...
Performances: The only so-called 'big name' actor in the movie is Gary Oldman who doesn't have much screen time. Jason Clarke as Malcolm along with Keri Russell and Kodi Smit-McPhee are convincing as the main human protagonists. But, the movie really belongs to Andy Serkis, who portrayed Caesar to perfection. He steals the show whenever on screen and displays emotions quite brilliantly. After watching Andy Serkis here, you might just as well say 'Hail Caesar'! The apes brought on screen through Motion-Capture technology and the emotions, behaviour are all presented by real actors. Toby Kebbel also does a fine job as Koba, the ape who has a deep hatred for humans.
Direction: Kudos to director Matt Reeves for coming up a movie that far betters the original. Not that the earlier was bad, it was good and this one's better. He gets full marks for getting the apes spot on and they really out-do the humans here! This movie definitely makes into the list of awesome sequels, with movies like The Dark Knight, Terminator 2, Aliens etc. for company!
Music & VFX: The background score is excellent, complementing the mood of the movie effectively. The visual effects are great, like the norm from big budget Hollywood movies nowadays. The deserted, post-apocalypse San Francisco is presented well. The effects that bring the apes to life are the best.
Combo on offer: This movie is a brilliant example of a sci-fi fantasy drama which thoroughly engages the audience. It succeeds in keeping the viewer thinking even after the movie is over. The apes colonizing and learning to hunt, talk, takes you back to the history books in school about the evolution of man. There is love, friendship, drama, treachery, war and adventure in this movie, which is sure to satiate a movie-watcher's senses. The entire package of this film makes it a must watch!
Final Verdict: Need I say more? For the record, it is all Claps for this one.