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Chronological Journey Through the Planet of the Apes 2000s Saga

This franchise features various ape species, including chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos.

The “Planet of the Apes” movies are a mix of science fiction, action, and adventure, set in a post-apocalyptic world where intelligent apes have risen against humans.

The first original series began with its 1968 movie, which shows a future Earth dominated by apes.

The Planet of the Apes is all about smart apes, survival, and a flow of emotions provided to the viewers so that they can connect to every character.

The latest Planet of the Apes sequel, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, surprises viewers by changing the direction of the movie’s story about apes fighting humans.

Buckle up! I’ve got a quick and fun recap of all the “Planet of the Apes” sequels from the 2000s.

5. Planet of The Apes (2001)

DirectorTim Burton
WriterWilliam Broyles Jr, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
CastMark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter
Release DateJuly 27, 2001

Planet of the Apes is another version of 1968, the same movie but with special effects and a better version.

In the movie, Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) travels to another planet through a wormhole and finds talking apes with human-hating attitudes.

The plot begins when Leo and Ari try to escape the Gorilla army and reach a sacred temple within the planet’s forbidden zone.

They find the most shocking secret of the human past and the key to their future.

This movie is worth watching for its highly realistic and detailed close-up shots of apes, an action that had yet to be achieved earlier.

4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

DirectorRupert Wyatt
WriterAmanda Silver, Rick Jaffa
CastJames Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
Release DateAugust 5, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the first prequel of its franchise sci-fi action movie.

This prequel introduced its legendary character Caesar(Andy Serkis), a chimp who gains intelligence and emotion like humans after an experimental drug.

The movie’s plot begins after an unfortunate accident in which Caesar is sent to jail with other apes.

Due to this, Caesar leads a horde of chimps to strike back at the human community, resulting in serious consequences.

If you are a fan of movies featuring emotional rollercoasters and amazing special effects, this movie is definitely worth watching.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

DirectorMatt Reeves
WriterAmanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, Mark Bomback
CastAndy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
Release DateJuly 11, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The movie continues 10 years after the deadly Simian Flu pandemic spread, which drastically reduced the human population.

The ape leader Caesar led the genetically enhanced intelligent chimps and established a Muir Woods National Monument colony.

But soon, Caesar’s plan starts to collapse as one of the apes, Koba starts a big fight by betraying the humans, and a battle for peace begins between them.

The movie trailer showed humans as the villains, whereas the actual movie was full of surprises. It felt like an exciting adventure with lots of suspense, making it fun to watch.

2. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

DirectorMatt Reeves
WriterMark Bomback, Matt Reeves
CastAndy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
Release DateJuly 14, 2017

War of the Planet of the Apes is another sequel movie that follows the story left on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The movie continues after two years of the unfriendly Koba attack, which humans survived.

The plot begins with Caesar, the intelligent leader of the apes, searching for a safe home for his family.

Trouble arises when humans attack and injure their ape companions. Fueled by anger, Caesar resolves to confront the cruel human Colonel, leading to a massive battle.

This amazing movie is a must-watch because it’s a tale of survival and bravery.

1. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024)

DirectorWes Ball
WriterJosh Friedman
CastsOwen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand
Release DateMay 10, 2024

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the fourth and latest installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise.

The movie is set almost 300 years after the war, following the unexpected death of Caesar, the ape’s leader. It shows that chimps are still a dominant species compared to humans.

His journey is full of danger, friendship, big decisions, finding balance, and living together in peace.

This movie is a thrilling ape adventure with bold leaders, epic showdowns, and a twisty plot that keeps you guessing.

Movie NameBox Office Collection
Planet of the Apes 362.2 million USD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes481.8 million USD
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes710.6 million USD
War of the Planet of the Apes490.7 million USD
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes131.2 million USD (First Week)
Deepika Adhikari
Deepika Adhikari
Deepika Adhikari is an admirer of movies and entertainment, finding immense joy in the enchanting world of cinema. With a heart captivated by storytelling, she immerses herself in the captivating narratives depicted on the screen. In her leisure hours, she indulges in the captivating tales woven within the pages of novels, where she discovers endless fascination in the diverse characters and plots. Movies and novels alike serve as portals to realms where imagination thrives and adventures unfold, making Deepika's world a rich tapestry of stories.


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