Planet of the Apes - The Evolution (2001) Sci-Fi Movie Review
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The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to inspire academic studies like Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture.
Loosely adapted from the novel by French author Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes was released at the height of racial and political unrest in America, adding resonance to its story of a NASA astronaut (Charlton Heston) stranded on a planet where superior apes dominate inferior human slaves. The film’s final image—in which a horrified Heston realizes the fate of humankind—remains one of the most indelible in all of science fiction cinema.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) continues the original’s distant future scenario, pitting militant apes against mutant humans dwelling in the subterranean ruins of New York City. Its phenomenal success spawned Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), in which simian scientists Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, reprising their roles from Planet) travel backward in time, setting the stage for the ape supremacy of the first two films. McDowall returned in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Caesar, the son of Cornelius, leading an ape revolution that bridges the historical gap of the previous films. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) ended the five-film cycle with McDowall again playing the chimpanzee leader Caesar, defeating gorillas and human mutants to establish the hierarchy introduced in the original film.
The Apes films present a classic what-if scenario that hasn’t lost a bit of its potency. As if to prove its cultural endurance, the cycle returned to its origins with director Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes—one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2001. —Jeff Shannon
Synopsis:An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.
About Planet of the Apes - The Evolution (2001)
Starring: David Warner, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Grevioux, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Ellis, Michael Clarke Duncan, Erick Avari, Glenn Shadix, Evan Parke, Mark Wahlberg, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Lisa Marie, Lucas Elliot Eberl, Eileen Weisinger, Anne Ramsay, Michael Wiseman, Paul Giamatti, Tim Roth, Philip Tan, Michael Jace, John Alexander, Chad Bannon, Freda Foh Shen, Andrea Grano, Quincy Taylor, Jay Caputo, Callie Croughwell, Estella Warren
Runtime: 119 minutes
Director: Tim Burton
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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