Planet of the Apes (2001)
|Rule the planet with this thrilling, action-packed epic from legendary director Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Batman).|
After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race.
Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation!
"Not just worthy of comparison to the original...it's better. Tom Roeper, Ebery & Roeper And The Movies
"Under Tim Burton's hand, this sci-fi warhorse has evolved into something splendid! Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"...stunnng set and makeup design... the performances are impressive as well Tom Coates, BBC Online
"...a spectacle, a chest-thumping Batman that uses Danny Elfman music, Burtonesque decor and great makeup effects... Desson Howe, The Washington Post
"Not just worthy of comparison to the original...it's better. Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...stunnng set and makeup design...the performances are impressive as well... Tom Coates, BBC Film Review
Editor's NoteIn remaking this classic sci-fi horror film, director Tim Burton takes on a whopping challenge and succeeds. Astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) is part of a space station crew that, in the year 2029, is conducting experiments in training genetically engineered chimps to perform complex away missions. When Leo's chimp disappears into a worm hole, Leo unadvisedly goes after him, ending up in a parallel world in which the monkeys are the keepers and humans are traded and caged like animals. It's a horrifying place, and the whole atmosphere, colored by Burton's direction and Rick Baker's incredible special effects makeup, is charged with terror. Leo becomes a heroic figure in the eyes of his defeated human brethren, and he puts his trust--and his hope for escape--in Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), a forward-thinking ape who believes in human rights. But Leo has formidable opponents in Thade (Tim Roth) and Attar (Michael Clark Duncan), two power-hungry, testosterone-charged apes who wish to rid the planet of humans altogether. This excellent rendition of PLANET OF THE APES is more than just a remake: it includes intense physicality on the part of the actors, complex mythology lacing the story, chilling philosophical realizations, and an amazing cameo by original APES star Charlton Heston. The combination of those complex parts makes for a riveting viewing experience.
Cast & Crew
|Helena Bonham Carter|
|Michael Clarke Duncan|
|Pierre Boulle - Based On Novel By|
|Tim Burton - Director|
|Philippe Rousselot - Director of Photography|
|Danny Elfman - Musical Score|
|Richard D. Zanuck - Producer|
|William Broyles, Jr. et al. - Screenplay|
MTV Award (2002)
|Charlton Heston, Nominee, Best Cameo|
British Academy Awards (2002)
|Colleen Atwood, Nominee, Best Costume Design|
|Rick Baker, et. al., Nominee, Best Make Up/Hair|
MTV Award (2002)
|Tim Roth, Nominee, Best Villain|
Customer Reviews of Planet of the Apes
Worth a Look3/16/2002
I'm old enough to have seen the original PotA movie in first-run. This one bears very little resemblance to it, naturally. Times have changed. But as an homage to that earlier film, with wry references and glances back to it? It's a hoot! The socially-conscious 60's and 70's bred a movie that was a parable about both racism and totalitarianism. We won't see that again. This film is much more focused on the lead character and his goals. But there is still an element of social conscience, certainly. Look at it as fun, with loads of special effects and stunts, with a twisted sense of humor that turns the tables on elements of the earlier film, especially the dialogue.
Planet of the Apes sucks!2/6/2002
I must admit that I have never seen the old television shows. So when I watched the movie I was going in with no previous "Planet of the Apes" experience. From that perspective here is what I thought, the acting was pathetic and there were plot holes that you could drive a truck through. The actors had so much makeup on that you couldn't even understand what they were saying. One of the worst put together plots I have ever seen. It's sad that a company will spend mega bucks on putting a movie together without ever reading or analyzing a script. The action scenes were pretty lame as well. I've seen better choreographed action scenes in an episode of Andy Griffith.... all right, in an episode of Hercules or Xena. Don't waste your time spend your money on something else.
"Damn Them All To Hell"11/26/2001
The real stars of this movie are the make-up & special effects teams. & the only one who acted with any real conviction was the chimpanzee. I expected more from this movie, but then again it's hard to remake a movie that was done well the first time. All the extra stuff on this DVD is pretty boring. If you're a fan of sci/fi, it's worthy of being in one's movie collection.
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