★★★★☆

Back in 2011, no one thought that Rise of the Planet of the Apes would be much cop. But not only did this plucky prequel prove to be terrific fun, it spawned one of the best trilogies in recent years: its closing chapter, War for the Planet of the Apes, being the king of the swingers.

Two years on from middle-chapter Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) is holed up in the forest, still fighting the war against humans that the villainous Koba (Toby Kebbell) started. Following an attack by the psychotic Colonel (Woody Harrelson), Caesar goes on the warpath, flanked by long-standing lieutenants Maurice (Karin Konoval), Rocket (Terry Notary) and Luca (Michael Adamthwaite). On their way to confront the Colonel, the troop meet a nameless, mute human child (Amiah Miller) and ex-zoo chimp Bad Ape (Steve Zahn).

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