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Apes instinctively acting upon their cowboy heritage
Reviewed in Canada on December 17, 2014
I am going to be the odd man out here. I agree that the CGI was phenomenal, and the sets were extravagant which gave this movie a believable environment to work from. We are led to believe that a group of apes who were once in the captivity of humans have escaped, and then over a period of time have evolved into a somewhat intelligent and civilized society of their own. Then enters the proverbial loose cannon to start the ball rolling. In this case, two - one for the humans and one for the apes. Because Hollywood equates adrenaline with guns, in a moment this movie shifts from a story unfolding into a typical cookie-cutter, mindless shoot 'em up gun fight that goes on to the bitter end. Add in a couple of mano a mano altercations for the "this stuff sells" proven recipe. I felt that they did mix it up a bit with humans portraying soldiers, and the apes instinctively acting upon their cowboy heritage (!?) - kind of a twist on Cowboys and Aliens. We all know by now that the heroes never die but the bad guys always do. And, those who have a good heart but have turned to the dark side always turn back in the end. Cliché, predictable, and a good thing I didn't pay the big bucks to see it in the theatre. Hey, it's just my opinion. Everyone else seemed to enjoy it.