Posts Tagged ‘Dystopia’

If War For The Planet Of The Apes is the ultimate conclusion then it is easily one of the greatest film trilogies ever made. Caesar, the leading ape, has gone through a lot of pains and hardships to protect his fellow apes in the two previous parts, “Rise” and “Dawn“. Now the “War” in the continuity is the final showdown of the survival of the apes led by the old Caesar against a rogue faction Alpha-Omega led by the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

The common factor between all the three parts is the dependency of survival of the creatures on the shoulders of the humans who are considered by the apes the worst of its kind, who believes are the one who destroys and fight against each other and the apes have to pay the price. And it is somehow unfortunately true. Animals, involve or not, are the victims who painfully die in the war or battle started by us humans.

And that is what I genuinely liked about this final part that the film showed a very ugly naked truth about the existing political scenario. Despite being a film focused on the animal survival, the film shows an intolerable fascist army who are here to bring an end to their kind. Begins a depressing state of torturing their kind under the American flag with the beginning of the anthem, that is an agonizing pain and misery on the apes to be watched. The apes become slaves of the army just like us humans are to the technology.

“War” is a dystopia alarming the rise of the revolt. Spectacular provocation is that there is no woman in the whole movie but a young mute girl for a reason. Secondly, the whole casting is white. I am confused if showing a rogue and fascist white army against the apes was intentional.

Besides, the film is just a remarkable human-animal story mentally projecting and testing Caesar’s behavior and relation towards good and bad humans once again like the previous two films. Director, Matt Reeves, has brilliantly completed Caesar’s life phases with emotions and drama. The trilogy is a complete life-story and understanding of a real ape and consequences of living in a cruel world.

The musical score, visual effects, film and sound editing has made this film live in a special place. Andy Serkis has many unforgettable contributions to the cinema and Caesar is his another masterpiece. “War” is a superior show in all the departments.

RATINGS: 9/10

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Although I am not a keen viewer nor do I prefer watching films of the science-fiction genre despite the fact that The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Game of Thrones top the list of my favourite film franchises and TV shows. One day, my brother suggested watching a film of the same genre and that was The Maze Runner which I never heard before. My only piece of knowledge about the film was that Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones, was the part of this film. That wasn’t enough but somehow I made my mind to watch even without any of its stills or a trailer.

It took some time to understand the happenings inside a dystopian state where all young kids are stuck at some place in The Maze called The Glade. The Glade has four large walls and each wall has The Door which opens every morning and closes every evening before the dark. To reveal the mystery and dig the existence of the outside world from those Doors, few of the captives run and return before evening to collect the info. The runners then reveal that there are many creatures towards the path which has appendages such as spikes and shears. Those creatures are called The Grievers.

The last two individuals who arrive at this sorry place are the main characters of the film, Thomas, and Teresa. Together they dig the mystery how they ended here and what is the reason behind dropping at this place. Later on, they discover the purpose that all the individuals in The Maze are kept on trials to survive this place.

The fittest will survive and return back to The Creators who sent them on trials in The Maze. The Creators are a group of agents of the organisation called WICKED (World In Catastrophe Killzone Experiment Department). This organisation was formed to find the cure for The Flare, a virus that eats away the brain of the human and turns them into cannibals. The humans who suffer this disease are called The Cranks.

As a viewer, I found the plot of the film very interesting enough to make my mind to read the book with the same title. And when I read, I found a lot of changes but those changes were made in the film for dramatic impact which often happens with almost every book-inspired film.

The book, written by James Dashner, obviously is more open to defining the major characters and the places mentioned. What is more of an interest is how the pages are making Thomas build for a certain cause. How he is grabbing the attention of everyone in the book is very natural. Teresa has a more onscreen appearance in the film as compared to the book as she is in a coma for more than half of the reading since her arrival in The Maze. Also, both Thomas and Teresa are telepathic in the book. Why not in the film? Well, I believe it does make sense.

The best thing about reading a novel is that the reader visits the universe of the author whose subconscious mind creates a powerful fictional story. When I was reading, I felt the existence of Thomas passing through The Doors of The Walls and facing The Grievers and that is the beauty of writing a novel that sends the reader to the universe of those pages.

One factor what I certainly liked about James’ creativity of the plot was the brain behind the construction of the maze and the purpose of sending humans. That is very very human and close to reality. James re-wrote the concept of evolution and theory of survival under his creativity. We all humans are sent to earth for some reason. Our brain doesn’t develop in the earlier phase but with time, it grows and we even memorise some portions of our earliest of living phase. And we have to survive. God send us humans on trials, we are put to test. God is The Creator, I am Thomas, the rest are fellow Gladers, my partner in crime is Teresa, my obstacles are The Grievers, and Satan is The Flare. Marvellous job James!

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