3.5/10
24
1 user 1 critic

Gorilla Warfare: Battle of the Apes (2002)

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Woodchipper Massacre (Video 1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

While their father is away, his children begin killing people via a woodchipper.

Director: Jon McBride
Stars: Jon McBride, Denice Edeal, Tom Casiello
Splatter Farm (Video 1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two young twins are sent to spend time at their aunt's farm. What nobody knows is that the aunt's handyman is a psycho serial killer who dismembers his victims and stores their body parts in the barn.

Directors: John Polonia, Mark Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Todd Michael Smith, John Polonia, Mark Polonia
Blood Red Planet (Video 2000)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

From beyond the galaxy comes a terror heading toward earth, destroying everything in its path: a rogue planetoid from the outer reaches of the cosmos itself. After a failed attempt by the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon McBride, John Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jon McBride, Robert Thomas, Joette Krisiewicz
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Six months after the disappearance of Marty Beck in the house on Wingate Road, a team of parapsychologists enter the house to unlock its ghastly secrets once and for all. What awaits them ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon McBride, John Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jon McBride, Brice Kennedy, Jeff Dylan Graham
Dweller (Video 2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A UFO crashes deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, right downstream from a cabin where three violent bank robbers are taking refuge.

Directors: Jon McBride, John Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Leslie Culton, Jeff Dylan Graham, Gale Largey
Black Mass (Video 2005)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

During World War II, four American GIs get caught up behind enemy lines. They seek shelter in an old church where they meet a bizarre priest. Soon they learn the Nazis have been tapping ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon McBride, John Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Brian Berry, Todd Carpenter, Bob Dennis
Terror House (Video 1998)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Looking to cash in on a twenty-five thousand dollar reward, three college students venture into a haunted house.

Directors: Jon McBride, John Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jon McBride, Mark Polonia, Bob Dennis
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A recently widowed writer rents a haunted house in which to write his latest novel and is soon beset by the various ghosts in the house bent on claiming him as their next victim.

Directors: John Polonia, Mark Polonia
Stars: Bob Dennis, Stevan Anselmi, Henry Thomas
NightThirst (Video 2002)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Polonia Brothers horror anthology, includes four short stories of terror.

Directors: Jon McBride, John Polonia, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jon McBride, Brice Kennedy, Mark Polonia
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Baal
Kimberlee A. Gibson ...
Femme
...
Lokar
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent low-budget re-working of Planet Of The Apes story...
5 September 2005 | by (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Gorilla Warfare: Battle of the Apes", the Polonia brothers' 2002 melding of the adventure and science fiction genres, is a tour-de-force of beefy comic book plotting and lean suspenseful thrills, clearly inspired by "Planet of the Apes" and "The World's Most Dangerous Game". From the outset, the film works almost as a spin-off of "Planet of the Apes" - only matted against the backdrop of space. Sometime in the near future (or in the deep past?) a supreme race of apes dominate the universe, waging wars amongst themselves on the various planets and in the stars. It's a primate ruled universe where the greatest source of revenue comes from the trade of human beings, which are bought and sold for money, slave labor or what have you.

During a routine pilgrimage, the crew of Ape Ship 7 (interestingly, that's the number of apes aboard) finds itself caught up in a violent battle with another team of apes hell bent on seizing their human cargo. While mired in the skirmish, the ship is thrown off course and into a corkscrew-like wormhole. Upon reaching the other side, the vessel crash lands on a nearby forested planet. The three humans on board, destined for slave labor, or, something much worse, in the case of the female, decide to make a break for freedom, blindly rushing off into the dense forest. The apes on board soon realize that the humans have escaped and immediately send out roving search parties to find and capture the humans.

Following the explosive first ten minutes, the film settles into a cat and mouse game as the apes doggedly pursue their human captors, while the escapees do everything in their power to allude them. The three humans, Baal, Femme and Lokar, are played by Brice Kennedy ("Hellgate: House That Screamed 2"), Kimberlee A. Gibson ("NightThirst") and Jeff Dylan Graham ("Malefic") -- all three of which have worked together on previous Polonia brothers films with varying results. "Gorilla Warfare: Battle of the Apes" allows all three of these actors a chance to excel in their very particularized roles.

Jeff Dylan Graham, an actor who has been used sparingly in other Polonia brothers movies, is finely given a chance to shine playing the contemptible Lokar. Rude and presumptuous, with his hair bleached blonde and unpleasant snarl, Lokar, unpleasant from the start, abandons his mates in favor of quick getaway. As is the tradition of other Polonia brothers movies, where the sense of morality is never skewed, his selfishness is repaid in kind.

Coming as a total surprise is the love story that develops between the remaining two characters, Baal (Brice Kennedy) and Femme (Kimberlee A. Gibson) as they attempt to survive in the new environment. In between standard action scenes, and some bizarre, sometimes comical dialogue, emerges a somewhat palpable if not outright sweet chemistry between Kennedy and Gibson.

The scenes between Jon McBride ("Cannibal Campout") and John Polonia ("Splatter Farm"), as the apes, who speak telepathically, come off as only somewhat thrilling, with each pursuing their captors for their own magnanimous reasons. One wants to change, the other wants to hold onto tradition, and it's predictable that they will come to blows over it, eventually. There is some comic, almost slapstick, activity back at the downed ship, as the apes monitor the events transpiring in the surrounding woods. It helps to lighten the mood, but it often comes at the expense of what could have been more character development between Gibson and Kennedy. The scenes between those two actors hint at a much better movie just wanting to get out. The scene where Gibson makes Kennedy swear an oath to kill her rather than let the apes breed with her, is a stand-out.

I noticed at least a few analogies drawn to the Bible, with Baal and Lokar representing, at least to me, Cain and Abel in the Garden of Eden. The film's biggest surprise, however, comes in the closing moments, with a revelation that is so totally unexpected that it forces the audience to reassess earlier scenes, placing them in certain juxtaposition to known scripture. A second viewing will be much different than the first, I assure you, as various perspectives will have shifted in the second go-round. Personally, I loved this revelation, and didn't see it coming even for a second.

The special effects, which are very good, are handled by two veteran filmmakers, Brett Piper ("They Bite") and Joe Castro ("Jackhammer Massacre"). Their unique FX contributions help give the film a real authentic quality, and very rarely are you taken out of the film to consider how awful this effect was or that effect was -- a detail that has hindered several previous Polonia brothers efforts. The cinematography, by the brothers and frequent co-conspirator Jon McBride, is handled with great sensitivity and care. In several scenes, especially in Gibson, Kennedy and Graham's, they utilize the "Blair Witch" style shaky-cam in order to infuse the audience in with their growing sense of hopelessness and desperation. By contrast, the camera-work involving the apes is much more stable and organized. One sequence I really enjoyed comes late in the film after Baal has apparently been shot. Watch as the camera moves in on Gibson with the revelation that Baal, the man she (and the audience) has grown to care for immensely, is dead. It's a terrific moment that best conveys the sense that everything has suddenly begun to spin out of control. It's definitely not what one comes to expect from the Polonia's who sometimes rely on the easiest shot possible in order to keep the production on schedule. It's truly superb.

Another enjoyable film from the team of Jon McBride and the Polonia brothers.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?