Planet of the Apes
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||Mark Wahlberg, Tim
Roth, Helena Bonham Carter
||The younger ones
might get a little scared at the mean apes.
||She might snuggle
or just think it's stupid.
||A couple of apes
start to get it on but they get interrupted.
||The apes are
pretty strong and beat people up.
||There are some
||A couple of
chucklers and Paul Giamatti is hilarious.
ruining a surprise.
I wonít give away the ending to "Planet of the
Apes," but I will say that Captain Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) got
what he deserved after deserting Daena (Estella Warren), the hot
human dudette on the planet where apes ruled.
Planet of the Apes
A Movie Review
For you youngins, this "Planet of the Apes" is a remake
of a movie from 1968. Me, I vaguely remember the first movie and
didnít go out of my way to see it before I saw Tim Burtonís
attempt at a story that remains a classic. This time we get Captain
Leo Davidson as a renegade astronaut. Heís on an outpost station
which is training chimps to fly space probes and investigate this
crazy space cloud. Well, when the first chimp disappears, Leo steals
a probe and heads to find his chimp buddy. So Leo heads to the space
cloud which turns out to be some kind of bridge through time,
transporting Leo thousands of years into the future and crash
landing him onto a strange planet which isnít earth but might as
well be. First Leo is surprised he is even alive, but then after
being caught, heís even more surprised that on this world apes are
the rulers and humans are considered subspecies.
Leo isnít one to stay a prisoner, and actually gets befriended
by Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), an ape who thinks it sucks the way
humans are treated. He also hooks up with Daena because she can lead
him back to his space probe. With Leo and Daena on the run with a
few other humans, meanwhile being helped by Ari and a couple of
other apes, the ape leaders arenít happy, in fact Thade (Tim Roth)
is a little leery of Leo, especially when his dad (Charlton Heston
in a great cameo as an ape) tells him that Leo would be trouble,
especially if he makes it to the ape holy land. Now itís a race to
the holy land, Leo winning the race, and the other humans now
looking to Leo for guidance on how to beat the apes. Thade lies his
way into getting the okay to exterminate all humans, gathering his
ape troops, and itís time for the big human vs. ape fight and also
time for the truth to come out.
Is this remake of "Planet of the Apes" better than the
original? Who cares? Itís a fun action movie poking fun at various
aspects of humanity. The apes have some of the same problems as we
humans do, and even though the movie does get a little preachy, itís
still a great visual spectacle as the apes look real and the humans
The only problem I really had with the movie is, and this is my
own idiosyncrasy, is that Iím always looking for foreshadowing and
"Planet of the Apes" had a lot of it. I wonít explain
any of it to you because it really kind of ruined a few of the plot
twists, but other than the ending I saw how things were going to end
up about half way through the movie. Oh well.
There are some really fun things with "Planet of the
Apes," especially Paul Giamatti as the slave-seller Limbo, who
was just fabulous in his role, and there are some let-downs, like
the lack of using Kris Kristofferson to a better role, but all in
all Tim Burtonís remake of "Planet of the Apes" works on
most cylinders. Take it for what itís worth and just enjoy it. Itís
4 stars out of 5 for "Planet of the Apes."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!