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Time of the Apes (1987)

Three bumbling morons accidentally stumble into a cryogenic freezer and end up in the future, where monkeys populate the Earth.

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Reiko Tokunaga ...
Catherine
Hiroko Saito ...
Caroline
Masaaki Kaji ...
Johnny
Hitoshi Ômae ...
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Tetsuya Ushio ...
Gôdo
Baku Hatakeyama ...
Gebâ
Kazue Takita ...
Pepe
Noboru Nakaya
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Time of the Apes is a strung-together movie made from several episodes of a Japanese TV show. Big-hipped Catherine and her two charges, Johnny (who "doesn't care") and Caroline, are sent to some alternate time-line by being frozen in cryogenic tubes during an earthquake. They end up on a planet where apes rule humans but are ruled themselves by a supercomputer named "UECOM", which is a malevolent artificial being created by humans. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Johnny's Mother: Johnny, don't go. It's too dangerous.
Johnny: I don't care.
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["I don't wanna be killed by a monkey!"]
6 May 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Disappointingly reasonable SF thriller that sees humans resurrected in a time when the world is overtaken by apes.

I say disappointing as I bought the film in a £2.99 bargain bin thinking it looked like the most hilariously bad movie I'd ever seen. Unfortunately it is, on its own terms, actually almost decent.

The budget is non-existent of course (It turns out the "film" is spliced-together episodes of a TV show), though it shouldn't be criticised for that, and some of the ape effects aren't actually too bad. Well, almost. The plot, which in no way rips off Planet of the Apes, (laugh at the credit for "Original Story By...") scores by its pace, which sees the basic premise

  • humans discover cryogenics, get contrivedly trapped in cryogenics, wake up


in monkey-dominated world - set up within the first fifteen minutes. As an addition to the Planet Of... set up, we also get Mandrills among their number.

Characterisation isn't helped by dubbing vocalists who sound either like those instruction video narrators or someone with a snooker cue inserted up their back passage. And it's hard to tell whether some of the lines ("It seems wrong to tamper with the laws of nature" - "Ah, an age-old discussion") would sound so cheesy in their native language and without the dodgy dubbing.

The direction can seem amateurish, but is often quite thoughtful, and it must again be stressed the extremely limiting circumstances the film was conceived under. Weirdly, the film is probably more like the Pierre Boulle novel than Planet of the Apes was. In La Planète des singes the apes inhabited futuristic technological cities. Here they have force fields and trains (complete with gibbon ticket conductor).

Some hilarious moments include a plot-device UFO that is never explained, a gorilla called Gay Bar and a computer that's the supreme power of the universe. It's hardly a film you'd watch twice (or once, even) but it's really not all that bad. Where it does fail is in not having any kind of point at all. There are some cheesy platitudes ("One day, different people will learn to live together in peace and harmony"; "Godo, wherever he is now, he'll always be in our hearts") but where Planet of the Apes has depth and allegory, Time of the Apes just has... apes with guns. It's all rather jolly really, sort of like the kind of thing you might make with friends over a weekend for a laugh.

Actually, on seconds thoughts, why am I being so nice to it? I mean, it's rubbish, isn't it? A witless, badly acted, horrendously scripted rip-off farrago. I guess I just felt sorry for it, like a sad old pet that needs putting down. Time of the Apes – be kind to it.


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