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On July 14, 2017, War For the Planet of the Apes was released in theaters everywhere, earning over $490 million at the box office. The movie was a summer hit and was even nominated for an academy award for "Best Visual Effects" but unfortunately did not win.
Nevertheless, no fictional film is without errors. Pretty much every fictional movie breaks logic similar to how children shows break logic as well. You may not have caught these at first but after reading this article, the next time you re-watch the film you'll ask yourself, "Why on Earth would they do that?"
1.) Why doesn't the military just use fighter jets?
In the opening scene, a text box reveals that the humans living in San Francisco sent a distress call to a military base up in Northern California where all that's left of the U.S Army just so happens to be living at. First of all, what an amazing coincidence that the last remaining remnant of the U.S Army ended up in the same U.S state as Caesar's colony and nowhere else on the entire Earth. Why are they there anyway? It's not like there are any special government bases in California like Raven Rock or Camp David where the Army might base itself with the surviving politicians after the Simian Flu Crisis.
The Army then dispatches a battalion of Special Forces soldiers to exterminate the apes but doesn't bother to send any fighter jets, or even tanks, to bomb the area. I know, the Air Force has all the jets, but I'm sure there's a few abandon Air Force bases around where the Army could have taken a few jets and taught some soldiers how to fly them.
If any of this were somehow possible, the military would have just bombed Caesar's ape colony from the beginning. But no, because the Colonel has to kill Caesar's family to set the whole film in motion.
The U.S Army later attacks the Special Forces battalion's base in the Sierra Mountains. During this scene I was thinking, "If only the attacking army had a couple of jets instead of Apache helicopters because they could send a few of those bad boys to strike at the gas and oil tanks inside the base below and blow the place up without even loosing a man."
But no, that's not the case because the U.S Army has to be buried under the avalanche so the war can end and the apes can finally have peace.
And where's the rest of the military? Where's the Air Force? Where's the Navy, Marines, Coast guard, etc.? Are they all gathered at independent bases around North America? Who knows. Maybe the next film will touch on this subject.
2.) The Colonel exposes himself in during a sneak attack.
One scene in the movie shows a group of Alpha-Omega soldiers sneaking into Caesar's new ape colony in a cave, behind a waterfall. The first few soldiers are killed by apes but Col. J. Wesley McCullough, the leader of the Alpha-Omega Army, heads down into the cave himself and kills Caesar's wife and son. Why did the Colonel go down there himself? Why not just send another soldier of lower rank down into the cave to finish the job? Col. McCullough is pretty much the equivalent of a U.S Army General when you take the entire AO army into consideration.
What military leader would expose himself like this right in the middle of enemy territory? The leader is supposed to stay behind and make battle plans not go out into the front lines where he could potentiality get shot. It would be like a Five Star Army general picking up a rifle and going out into Syria to kill a bunch of ISIS soldiers in the middle of a Syrian city. No, that's what foot soldiers are for.
3.) The Apes release soldiers they should have just kept.
This one should have gone before #2. After the opening battle of Muir Woods, the apes take a few soldiers and a gorilla turn-coat, prisoner and place them in a row kneeling before Caesar. Preacher, a private in the Army, speaks out for the group. Instead of just keeping these five soldiers imprisoned for another interrogation, Caesar just lets them go.
Caesar could have used them to get any extra information out or even as a bargaining tool to get the colonel make peace with the apes. He could have kept them locked in a wooden cage or tied to trees while releasing one to return back and warn the Colonel that if he doesn't agree to peace then the apes will enslave or even kill the prisoners if the Colonel did not end the fighting. But instead he just lets them go. Now typically when a military does this it's because the other party is trading something else back in return, usually other P.O.W's. But here Caesar returns the soldiers back as instead of keeping them as a bargaining tool for peace.
What would you have done in this situation?
To be continued.
Stay tuned for Part II.