Planet of the Apes (2001) [English (MPEG Layer III, 95 kBit/s, 44 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Drama
Length: 1h 59m 0s
Director: Tim Burton
Tagline: Rule the planet.
Plot outline: It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an aburupt 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 (Helena Bonham-Carter) and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). 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. Summary written by Tim1370
Comment: SPOILERS (also for original PoA, 1968) You would have to look far and wide to find a bigger fan of the original Planet of the Apes. I nearly went berserk a few months ago when a woman I know said that Planet of the Apes was a so-bad-it's-good type of movie. It took all of my mental power to remain calm (she wasn't even speaking to me). Yes, I worship the original Planet of the Apes and disdain its cheap, money-hungry sequels. It was those that lowered the original's reputation. Now comes the remake, directed by Tim Burton, a director whose work, IMO, is often visually brilliant but more often narratively incompetent. After I saw Sleepy Hollow, I wrote on imdb how I thought Burton should make sure his next script is okay before filming commences. Obviously Tim doesn't care what I think. His Planet of the Apes is a decent, run-of-the-mill summer actioner, but it has these weird attempts at social commentary and, even worse, at comedy. The jokes referencing the original are very cheaply made and only inspired embarrassed laughter. Charlton Heston's cameo is so gauche it's unbelievable. I pity him. The only self-referential gag that worked was a visual one that few people in the theater seemed to notice: the spaceship that Leo (Mark Wahlberg, who is so bland I almost forgot he was in the film while watching him) and his crew find in the forbidden zone is a visual pun on the Statue of Liberty ending of the original, even quoting camera angles. I laughed at that bit of cleverness. The make-up ought to be criticized a lot, for it is so much worse than the make-up of the original that it is startling. People nowadays might scoff at the original's make-up, not realizing that it was Academy Award-winning at the time. It is not bad at all, and the emotions could be seen on the faces of the actors. My favorite expression is one that a gorilla soldier has on his face when he is hosing down Taylor, Taylor exclaiming: "It's a madhouse, a madhouse!" The ape shouts back "SHUT UP YOU FILTHY HUMAN!" The expression on his face and his tone of voice are powerful. In this one, the make-up artists foolishly tried to ape real apes. What results is once and a while amazing (the orang-otans, especially Senator Sandar, whose corpulent orang-otan politician is the greatest and most underused creation this film has to offer; the other orang-otan, Limbo, is the best character in the film (Paul Giamatti, a good character actor all-around)) but more often terrible (Ari (Helena Bonham Carter, a poor actress in most respects), apparently a chimp, looks so much worse than her counterparts in the original, Zira and Cornelius; Thade seems more like an invented ape or a werewolf than a chimp). The apes' movement in this film is also ridiculous. They move basically as humans in the original, simply because they were supposed to have evolved. Evolution has given us humans straight backs. These apes run on all fours and jump a hundred feet in the air. What is this, Crouching Chimp Hidden Gorilla? Maybe a chimp can do that, maybe even an orang-otan, but not a gorilla. Thade (Tim Roth) at one point throws a fit where he leaps around like crazy. It's so ridiculous, several people in the theater were laughing. Also ridiculous was the decision to make these evolved apes sound just like their natural counterparts. There is so much squealing in this film that it ends up hurting your ears. Heck, I wish they would have just gone for broke and had them whip feces at the humans during their battles. In the original, characters were well developed and defined. The apes' society and civilization was well displayed, including the complex ape class-structure. The original film had patience in setting things up, it didn't overburden us with unnecessary action sequences. All in all, the new Planet of the Apes is only worth seeing if you are bored and in desperate need for an action film. It does not work on any intelligent level. 6/10
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Country: USA
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Mark WahlbergasCaptain Leo Davidson
Tim RothasGeneral Thade
Helena Bonham CarterasAri
Michael Clarke DuncanasColonel Attar