Freya Allan Explains Mae's Pivotal Decision in 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes'

In "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," Mae makes a critical decision to flood an underground vault, killing apes, to prevent Proximus Caesar from obtaining weapons and technology. This sets the stage for the future of the franchise, exploring whether apes and humans can coexist.

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Freya Allan Explains Mae's Pivotal Decision in 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes'

Freya Allan Explains Mae's Pivotal Decision in 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes'

In the climactic scene of "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," Freya Allan'scharacterMae makes a critical decision that sets the stage for the future of the franchise. The movie, set hundreds of years after Caesar's death in the Planet of the Apes timeline, follows a young ape named Noa on a journey to rescue his kidnapped family and friends from a violent group of insurgent apes.

Noa teams up with Mae, a human woman, to stop Proximus Caesar from obtaining weapons and technology from an underground vault. Mae's true intentions become apparent when she retrieves a SatCom key from the vault, which would allow humans to decrypt satellites and communicate with other settlements. To prevent Proximus from gaining access to the vault's contents, Mae floods it, killing apes in the process.

Freya Allan explains Mae's motivations, saying,"In that moment, she cannot let Proximus get the stuff that is inside there. She just can't. There's helicopters, there's guns, there's bombs. Everything is in there. The humans' chances would suddenly get even worse, and they already aren't great. "Mae's decision is driven by her mission to facilitatethe rise of humanity, even if it means making difficult choices.

Throughout the film, Mae works to retrieve the decryption key that will enable her human settlement to communicate globally. "It's a moment where Mae has taken the one weapon she can, but opening the floodgates to kill apes was not the plan. It's not what she wants to do. But it's that or Proximus has all these weapons, and humanity is screwed," Allan adds.

"Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is the first installment in a planned trilogy directed by Wes Ball. The supporting cast includes Owen Teague, William H. Macy, and Dichen Lachman. Producers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa have teased the new trilogy's plans to explore the question of whether apes and humans can coexist.

Director Wes Ball has expressed his desire to build up to the 1968 original "Planet of the Apes" movie rather than remaking it. "[There's] always this question from the very original: Can ape and human live side by side? Is there room on the planet for more than one intelligent species?" Silver notes. The film's ending, with Mae's actions potentially having significant repercussions, sets the stage for this ongoing conflict in future installments.