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Planet of the Apes

Astronaut Leo must escape talking apes to find a way home.

Why watch this film?

For fans of the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes, disappointed by the declining quality of its four sequels, this Tim Burton-directed remake was a source of much excitement. Eventually, it was also frustration. The film, despite its excellent makeup, production design, visual effects, and a cast with names like Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michael Clarke Duncan, didn't exactly live up to the lofty ideas of its original, and changed several elements of the narrative although he rescued or adapted others that were too iconic (the ending, although different, maintains the same idea). It is, at its best, an interesting interpretation of a classic, through the unique lens of Burton and his penchant for B-movie sci-fi.



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Plot summary

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation! Based on Pierre Boulle's classic novel "Planet of the Apes," the premise for this film has become one of the most recognized and provocative concepts in the canon of science fiction literature and cinema. Visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) has taken Boulle's basic idea and built upon it a uniquely envisioned journey to an incredible upside-down world.

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