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Circulating the Internet today are details on how Dawn of the Planet of the Apes nearly ended. There was a battleship involved, and there’s actually a shot of it in the trailer. The image, combined with the fact that it was a kind of cliffhanger moment reminds me of the conclusion of Resident Evil: Afterlife (that’s part 4) where the heroes have just arrived on an aircraft carrier and then are attacked from above as the credits begin. That franchise is all about the serialization. The Planet of the Apes movies are not. Although the original sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, takes place right after the first movie and the next installment, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, starts with a return-from-cliffhanger type twist, afterward each movie was set years apart from its predecessor. And that’s how the new series is so far, too. The next one, due »
- Christopher Campbell
The Planet of The Apes movies occupy a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.
However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the prequel Rise of The Planet of The Apes) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.
Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they »
- Cai Ross
[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.] Even though the film mostly has an upbeat tone, Escape from the Planet of the Apes ends on a tragic note. Zira (Kim Hunter) and Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) are dead, and although their orphaned son Milo has survived, he now lives in hiding. Furthermore, his mere existence signals the end of humanity. "It is the unalterable will of God," Armando says. Rather than show a slow side towards our species' demise, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is a powder-keg. The political commentary of the first film has been reactivated with a vengeance, and the vengeance belongs to the apes. We're back inside the madhouse, and although the humans are the wardens, the uprising isn't only inevitable; it's imminent. Picking up about twenty years after the events Escape, the pre-history we learned in that film has mostly come to pass: a plague wiped out dogs and cats in 1983 (there's »
- Matt Goldberg
[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.] After Beneath the Planet of the Apes destroyed the planet, the only way to continue the franchise was to leave not only time and space, but also tone. Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a dramatically different film in all the best ways. It's intentionally comic, heartwarming, and empathetic while still remaining true to the thoughtfulness and ultimately darkness of the previous two movies. The third entry in the franchise is a mirror, an inverse, and a necessary evolution that brought the apes to a fresh start but also a doomed conclusion. A spaceship has crashed into the Pacific Ocean, and when the military goes to open it, they discover three astronauts inside. But the soldiers are shocked when the astronauts remove their helmets and reveal not humans but apes. Specifically, it's Zira (Kim Hunter), Cornelius (Roddy McDowall), and new character Dr. Milo (Sal Mineo). But instead of »
- Matt Goldberg
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")
Are you planning on seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apesc Well, then I have a deal for you. Best Buy is having a sale on the Planet of the Apes: Legacy Collection for only $19.99 and with it you get up to $8 off a ticket to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No, the set doesn't include Rise of the Planet of the Apes, what you're getting are the original Planet of the Apes films -- Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. I have this set and it's excellent, click here to pick it up on sale. If you want to add Rise to the order, bb url="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-blu-ray-disc/6621184.pcid=2311478&skuId=6621184&st=rise%20of%20the »
- Brad Brevet
20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes that’s very unnerving. Beginning with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the video connects the two movies and shows what happened to mankind after the 2011 film finished. It ain’t good folks.
Video: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ exclusive featurette
Plus, via the film’s Facebook page, a new photo of “Caesar’s loving partner” Cornelia, along with their baby, was unveiled.
The pair in the original Apes franchise were Zira and Cornelius. Their chimpanzee baby born in the third film, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971), is hidden by Armando (Ricardo Montalbán) and grows up to become Caesar in the fourth film, Conquest Of Planet Of The Apes (1972).
- Michelle McCue
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the »
- Andre Soares
Jump in the Way Back machine Tuesday night, May 6th at The Way Out Club! It’s Super-8 Time Travel Movie Madness featuring a slate of films on Super-8 Sound film, projected on a large screen with the science fiction theme and plot device of time travel.
The lineup includes the Planet of the Apes Pentalogy: Planet Of The Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Battle For The Planet Of The Apes. Also in keeping with the theme we’ll show The Land That Time Forgot, Dr. Who And The Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., and a special 3-reel 50-minute edition of the 1960 time travel classic The Time Machine starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimeaux.
- Tom Stockman
The Apes movies practically defined the law of diminishing returns. Franklin J Schaffner’s seminal science-fiction, Planet of The Apes was one of the biggest hits of 1968. An ingenious adaptation of Pierre Boule’s novel, it won an Oscar for John Chambers’ iconic make-up effects and took the ‘Twist Ending’ to a new level, possibly never surpassed.
Despite the colossal box office returns of its predecessor, Beneath The Planet of The Apes had its budget halved – a penny-pinching exercise that would continue throughout the series. By the time of Conquest of The Planet of The Apes, allegory had taken over spectacle, and the films became a running commentary on racial oppression and the contemporary 1970s actions of the Black Panther movement. Cleverly, the five original Ape movies form a long circular narrative, with the time-travelling chimpanzees of Escape From The Planet of The Apes, giving birth to a son whose »
- Cai Ross
10 items from 2014
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