Planet of the Apes (2001) Movie Review


Planet of the Apes (2001)

2001 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
119 minutes /

User Score: 78/100

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Planet of the Apes Review


An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Planet of the Apes (2001) is a 1h 59-min American science-fiction action-adventure film that was loosely adapted from Pierre Boulle‘s novel Planet of the Apes (1963) and the Franklin J. Schaffner‘s Planet of the Apes (1968) film. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) executed this movie exceptionally well but the screenplay was a dunder. The movie was a box office hit grossing over $362 million with a budget of $100 million. Planet of the Apes contains extreme violence that can be too intense for younger viewers and animal lovers.

Planet of the Apes revolves around the story of Leo Davidson, who was an astronaut that crash-landing on a planet named Aschlar where intelligent apes live in the year 2029. The apes are no ordinary apes; they treat humans as slaves. Leo gains the help of an ape named Arito and starts a rebellion. Leo (Mark Wahlberg - Boogie Nights (1997), The Fighter (2010), Lone Survivor (2013)) train monkeys to pilot space pods. Pericles is a chimpanzee piloting a pod that disappeared while probing an electromagnetic storm. Leo follows, loses contact with the Oberon and crashes on a planet ruled by apes who can speak English and treat humans as slaves.

Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) is a female chimpanzee that does not like the way her fellow species treats the humans. She buys Leo so that she can have him work for her father, Senator father (David Warner) but Leo manages to escape later. He tried to convince Ari in joining him to rebel against the apes while General Thade is on their tail. Pericles interrupted the battle between humans and the apes when she crash landed and was pushed forward in time like Leo was. Leo uses the pod to travel back in time and lands in modern Washington where a monument honoring General Thade replaced the Lincoln Memorial. Leo was greeted by Police, firefighters, and journalists that were all apes in contemporary clothing.

I gave Planet of the Apes a five because I lost interest too soon in the movie although the graphics, sound, set and cinematography was on point. My biggest problem was that the dialogue was boring and had plot holes. The human actors did a fantastic job with their roles as well as the voice actors. The apes were done nicely, but it was not enough to make this movie into an entertaining watch.

About Planet of the Apes 2001

Title: Planet of the Apes
Original Title: Return of the Apes, The Visitor
Year: 2001
Runtime: 119 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Deep Roy, David Warner, Kevin Grevioux, Helena Bonham Carter, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Lisa Marie, Mark Wahlberg, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Chris Ellis, Paul Giamatti, John Alexander, Martin Klebba, Jay Caputo, Glenn Shadix, Erick Avari, Evan Parke, Lorenzo Callender, Anne Ramsay, Charlton Heston, Eileen Weisinger, Howard Berger, Philip Tan, Rick Baker, Linda Harrison, Nils Allen Stewart, Patrick Coleman Duncan, Lucas Elliot Eberl, Freda Foh Shen
Writers: Pierre Boulle, William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Director: Tim Burton

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