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Planet of the Apes

A movie directed by Tim Burton

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  • Dec 13, 2005
I've seen the original "Planet of the Apes" and most of its horrid sequels, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed Tim Burton's re-imagined vision of Simian supremacy. Mark Wahlberg is perfectly cast as our shining hero of homo sapiens. Helena Bonham Carter seems to be enjoying herself running around in chimp makeup. Paul Giamatti plays a rather cowardly slavetrader and who can forget Michael Clarke Duncan demanding that everyone, "Bow your head!" Tim Roth plays Thade in a rather sinister style. Charlton Heston takes a nod in a brief appearance as Thade's ailing father.

The basic plotline is the same. A human mysteriously ends up on an Earth ruled by chimps and gorillas. They have mastered reading, writing and have a pretty good handle on 'rithmetic. However, there is a constant "threat" from humans that needs to be suppressed that keeps them from enjoying a rather easy life. Wahlberg has to find a way back home before the apes catch up to him and take him as a slave.

There's a little political commentary bantered around underneath the primary primate's plot. There's also backstabbing, a little religion, and plenty of action to boot. All of the special effects are done rather well, and Burton utilizes the actions and habits of real chimps to progress the film along. Granted, when one ape in particular comes into the bedroom scantily clad for an evening of lovin', things get quite silly. But I believe that this is the entire point of Burton's vision here. He takes a flick that was pretty silly to begin with and treats it with a little more seriousness than some might expect. All along he throws in humor to keep things light throughout the film.

Overall, not a shabby picture. It isn't Burton's best work by far, but it still deserves better criticism than many have given it. Recommended to Sci-Fi fans who like their fiction with a little tongue-in-cheek humor with a few winks to nostalgia.

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review by . December 12, 2010
I'll get this out of the way right now. I have not seen the original Planet of the Apes film with Charlton Heston and whatnot, so this Planet of the Apes film was the first one I ever saw, and frankly it wasn't that bad. Sure it was way too long and had some definite problems, but it was entertaining and it had some good realistic looking apes that weren't CGI.      As much as I love Johnny Depp, especially in Tim Burton's films (except one Charlie and the Chocolate …
Quick Tip by . November 16, 2010
Give this one a miss, catch the original instead - get your filthy paws off me you damn dirty ape! Packs a punch!!
review by . December 29, 2009
The Apes have lost thier intelligence....
I like Tim Burton, I love his movies but sad to say this one isn't a favorite of mine. Don't get me wrong Planet of the Apes was smart, intense, daring, refreshing and oh so much fun. But even though it has all those qualities and more it lacks the palpable suspense and ingenuity that made the original a great film(although I like this one way more than the original.) But is the new Planet of the apes bad? No way! Is it a great movie? Well it would depend on who you ask, me I say it's pretty good.   …
review by . June 16, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
This movie isn't like the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes. The plot isn't as substantive or thought-provoking. Rather, it is an action movie more along the lines of the contemporaneous The Time Machine. However, the makeup for the apes is pretty good, even after 8 years. Overall, this can be a fun movie to watch, but won't have the staying power of the classic.
review by . January 24, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was entertaining and very different from either the original movie or the book (actually it was closer to the book). The special effects were excellent as well as the make-up and the body movements of the actors.    Charlton Heston makes an appearance as an ape and quotes verbatim one of his most famous lines from the original movie but it seems out of context.    Possible Spoiler ahead:    Not to give away the ending, but it …
review by . December 31, 2001
Pros: Special effects make-up      Cons: Everything else      The Bottom Line: A stinker, a hacker of a movie, your money and time is better spent on the original.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. Half way through this very tired and ill-written rendition of classic Planet of the Apes directed by Tim Burton, I almost turned it off so strong was the smell of garbage oozing from …
review by . December 11, 2001
First off, a commendation to those responsible for dvd production. Though slightly repetitive, the two disks have all the fact's needed to be a planet-ite. I have said many times before that when something is created to display a world of its own there is no room for speculation. Unfortunately with Apes pluses come many, many minuses. Pluses: Tim Roth, completely disappearing and submerging into the dark, evil Thade, carries the entire film on his shoulder's. Applause to costume, art, make-up, stunt …
review by . August 08, 2001
Pros: Makeup has come a long way since the original.     Cons: A couple of cheesy parts     The Bottom Line: A good summertime action/adventure flick. Worth seeing on the big screen.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Being a long time fan of the old Planet of the Apes series, I knew that there was no escaping cheesy in the new one. I was not disappointed there.      I was excited …
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Billed as a "reimagining" of the original 1968 film, Tim Burton's extraordinary Planet of the Apes constantly borders on greatness, adhering to the spirit of Pierre Boulle's original novel while exploring fresh and inventive ideas and paying honorable tribute to the '68 sci-fi classic. Burton's gifts for eccentric inspiration and visual ingenuity make this a movie that's as entertaining as it is provocative, beginning with Rick Baker's best-ever ape makeup (hand that man an Oscar®!), and continuing through the surprisingly nuanced performances and breathtaking production design. Add to all this an intelligent screenplay that turns Boulle's speculative reversal--the dominance of apes over humans--into a provocative study of civil rights and civil war. The film finally goes too far with a woefully misguided ending that pays weak homage to the original, but everything preceding that misfire is astonishingly right.

While attempting the space-pod retrieval of a chimpanzee test pilot, Major Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) enters a magnetic storm that propels him into the distant future, where he crash-lands on the ape-ruled planet. Among the primitively civilized apes, treatment of enslaved humans is a divisive issue: senator's daughter Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) advocates equality while the ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) promotes extermination. While Davidson ignites a human rebellion, this conflict is explored with admirable depth ...

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Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 27 July 2001 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
Runtime: 119 min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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