In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.
J. Lee Thompson
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Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression. Written by
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In the film (set in 1991), the apes were enslaved after a new plague wiped out all of the Earth's cats and dogs a decade earlier before the events portrayed. In 1978, six years after the film's release, there was a worldwide pandemic of canine papillomavirus (a disease not known until then) that killed several thousands of dogs. See more »
When Caesar gets an M-16 during the riot from the armory, he's running along firing. As he's shooting, two riot police with shotguns are firing back at Caesar. The officer on the right of the screen has his shield down, but in the very next shot as he's being killed, his shield is raised. See more »
Thought provoking ending makes up for large story gap...
The movie ends provocatively enough with the foundation laid for the future that we see in the first film. Like the others in the series there is no shortage of philosophy and ideology here.
The main problem with the film is that there is a large gap in the story. After Ricardo Montalban's character leaves, Caesar makes a decision to rally the other apes for a revolution. Immediately there is ape unity, and a common, understood cause. I was rather curious just how he accomplished that. It hints at the ability of the others to communicate and understand his speech beyond the "conditioning" given them, but the story never explains that; as though the genesis of the apes revolution was edited from the movie. It all happens too quickly...or maybe that's the point.
None of the sequels to the original approach its greatness, but this is possibly the closest. As mentioned, the ending strikes a perfect note.
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