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Planet of the Apes

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Planet of the Apes

  • Dec 12, 2010
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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 Factory), I'm glad that Tim did not cast him in the lead role. Mark Wahlberg actually did a pretty good job and he's still a credible actor and one of my personal favourites. Something about Johnny just makes me think that he would not do well in the role of Captain Davidson. The other actors did pretty well, especially Tim Roth as the main antagonist and Helena Bonham Carter as Ari, but Mark definitely did the best.

Next, I will continue with the obvious. As per any Tim Burton film, the visual style is awesome and it's really pretty to look at. I also liked that the apes weren't CGI, just prosthetics on the actors. With the rise of Toy Story, everything became CGI and it kinda started to lose it's appeal. I mean, sometimes it could be done right, but most of the time, it's just dumb. This was some really good makeup at a time where CGI was getting more popular.

A problem I had with it is that it was way too long. At a nearly four hour runtime, one may think that it has more time to tell the story, but it really doesn't. In my opinion, they spent way too much time on the space station and should have gotten to the ape planet better. Any similarities or differences to the original are unknown to me seeing as I haven't seen the original.

All in all, it provides good entertainment, even if it is far too long and has some definite problems. Mark Wahlberg does well, and it has some good makeup effects at a time when CGI was growing more and more in popularity. The action scenes were pretty good as well. All in all, a pretty entertaining movie that definitely is worth a rental

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December 22, 2010
There is so much that's is wrong with this flick that it's hard to know where to begin, but then I come from the group that loved the original film and didn't see why they felt the neeed to remake it in the first place, and expected Burton to do a much better job with it than he did in the second place. I suppose the younger crowd won't like the original very much, but it really has a much stronger story.
December 22, 2010
Agreed! Many plot points were unrealistic and made no sense even by time travel standards. And the ending made no sense at all. I had to google it and read several chat rooms before I got it. And even now it's weird. The 1968 film was not perfect either, but it had lots of action, drama and the style of Heston to take it into several sequels and a TV show. Burton's version was barely a blip on the sci fi screen.
December 22, 2010
FYI, I hear that there will be a new Planet of the Apes film with a new director, Rupert Wyatt, who has only made a few films so he's pretty new. The publicity machine says: ""Rise of the Apes is an origins story, set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man's experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy." And they're going to use the same animation style as in Avatar instead of actors in ape suits. It will take place at the time that Caesar takes over.
December 22, 2010
QB, just one more quote, from that damn dirty Burton: Burton claimed the ending was not supposed to make any sense, but it was more of a cliffhanger to be explained in a possible sequel. "It was a reasonable cliffhanger that could be used in case Fox or another filmmaker wanted to do another movie," he explained.
December 23, 2010
Not a good excuse. The other films all made sense while leaving room for sequels.
 
December 14, 2010
I had major problems with this one, including the ending! You must see the original. After that, I'm certain you will lower this plus-2! Well written review, but really, you must see the original. :) 

There are some nods to the original as well; even an appearance by Charleton Heston!  Not enough to handle for me.  The ending was so bad, even Burton admitted he did it just for fun.  Grrr... 
 
December 12, 2010
Love Helena Bonham Carter in any thing she does, great review.
 
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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 . December 13, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
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. …
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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