As with any war, there are always going to be prisoners — and War is definitely utilizing that strategy to its advantage. The footage showed the attacking commandos being captured by the apes, although there was no resolution of whether they lived or died. It wouldn’t be that surprising if that battle becomes a major turning point for The Colonel, and Caesar.
“At the beginning you see this battle sequence, and we actually start from the human point of view. We only switch to Caesar’s afterwards. The battle begins and Caesar isn’t there to begin with, but he arrives in the aftermath and it’s almost like Paths Of Glory: he walks through and sees the injured and finds who they’ve captured. It’s a cool moment, and it’s very much about the fact that Caesar didn’t start this war. He’s been trying to find a way for there to be peace.”
The best part about this trailer is not necessarily what it’s revealing, but rather how smart the film is shaping up to be. Reeves managed to make Dawn be both an intelligent and entertaining blockbuster, and he seems to be following suit with War. The film looks like it will balance the franchise’s well-known social commentary with fantastic action and characters.
War looks like it could easily become of the best entries in the franchise. Dawn set a high bar with its CGI motion-capture, provocative story, and fantastic performances — giving the sequel a high bar to match. And while we may not know all the details for War for the Planet of the Apes just yet, Reeves’ remarks should be enough to keep fans content for the time being.