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Planet of the Apes

"Never send a monkey to do a man's job."

(27 July 2001)  Director  Tim Burton

Screenplay  William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal

This movie was underrated. Loved the use of the lines from the original series.

In this, Mark Wahlberg seems so young. The cast includes Tim Roth, Michael Clark Duncan (RIP), Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti—who's great—in fact, everyone's great. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa gives a top-notch performance. It delivers all the elements we want from a "Planet of the Apes" movie. The excitement and build up for this movie was incredible and it holds up and is still enjoyable.

It seems incredible, considering CGI was just beginning (Jurassic Park was 1993), that this movie relied a lot on costumes and performances and yet was so good (much credit goes to the script and the actors), when the next movie (2011) was so far along.  I'm just really glad that when they finally had the ability to make these movies what they always should have been, they were popular enough to be re-made. The original series had/has a cult following.  I watched them every time they were on TV (before cable LOL).  They were so different, so original. 

1968 Planet of the Apes
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes
1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Much of this movie hinges on the unrelenting viciousness of Tim Roth's character, "Thade".  How much of being a glorified hero is the other side of the coin from a really 'good' villain . . . This movie builds and builds until that epic moment when the two groups face off, then, suddenly, the apes begin to run on all fours, fast.  Surprisingly fast.  Keeping ahead of horses fast.  And the battle rages until . . . the epic landing of the first space pod.

Tim Roth Planet of the Apes

What a heartbreaking moment when Pericles drags himself back to his cage. It runs to the heart of all these movies (cruelty to animals).

Near the end when Thade loses his shit, I remember, watching it in the theater and it was really scary and intense. How could he not have been given an award (or at least nominated).

The surrealness kept going right up until the end. Love endings like this. It achieved the unreality feel of the original right down to the epic Statue of Liberty on the beach moment from the first movie. They had fun with that. 

[In reading the Trivia on IMDb, there was controversy over Charlton Heston and the NRA—nothing's changed except Heston passed away in 2008.]



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