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Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 July 2001 (USA)
An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

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Storyline

It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Written by Tim1370

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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,532,960, 29 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$180,011,740, 27 January 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,211,740
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Trivia

Filming began at Lake Powell, where parts of the original film were shot. Due to a local drought, production crews had to pump in extra water. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous apparent plot holes in the story which are explained away in supplementary material (DVD booklet, novelization, etc). This includes the frequently asked question regarding the presence of horses. These remain goofs as far as the casual viewer is concerned, but they are the subject of much heated debate and are not now included in this list. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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Crazy Credits

Anne Ramsay's character Grace Alexander is referred to as "Anderson" in the credits. See more »

Connections

References Princess Mononoke (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule The Planet Remix
A Paul Oakenfold Mix
Additional Production by: Paul Oakenfold and Povi
Additional Guitars: Emerson Swinford
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Intelligent Summer Fun
27 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Forget 'Pearl Harbor,' the biggest movie of the year is here!!

This is a credit to the fun of film-making. Burton keeps the viewer nailed down and anxious to see what lies ahead.

Tim Roth could very well be in award-contention for his no-holds-barred representation of a human-hater. His speech, walk, even his eye movements completely transform him into a vicious ape. Hats off to an actor of his caliber. Wahlberg is good, as well. He is the typical 'boy-next door' American whom is smart enough to not ask questions while he secretly plans his escape. Kristofferson's cameo is nearly non-existant, however. Development of the human tribes and their ways of life would be interesing to learn of, but action wins over plot thickness. Estella Warren is simply eye-candy, while Bonham Carter is the lead female with a brain to match.

The film is fast paced, and at a few moments seemed to be out of control. Not Burton's best work personally, but working with an ensemble of terrific makeup artists, photograhphers, and Elfman (with a terrific score), it is tied together nicely.


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