During his ongoing war with the humans, Cesar finds members of his clan loyal to the rogue Koba aligning with the enemy. When his wife and son are slain, he seeks out the barbaric colonel (Woody Harrelson) responsible yet finds himself captive in a prison camp where hundreds of apes are being treated as slaves under pitiable conditions. Ponderous, minimally plotted, overlong and dull prequel sequel, with more than few nods to Apocalypse Now. Harrelson, the only principal human character in the movie, isn't believable as a sadistic, bloodthirsty officer while the CGI and work of Andy Serkis continues to be remarkable.
** out of ****