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Beneath the Planet of the Apes
An army of civilized apes...A fortress of radiation-crazed super humans...Earth's final battle is about to begin - Beneath the atomic rubble of what was once the city of New York!
Astronaut Brent is sent to rescue Taylor but crash lands on the Planet of the Apes, just like Taylor did in the original film. Taylor has disappeared into the Forbidden Zone so Brent and Nova try to follow and find him. He discovers a cult of humans that fear the Apes' latest military movements and finds himself in the middle. Tension mounts to a climactic battle between ape and man deep in the bowels of the planet.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very solid pick for the title of strangest sequel ever made. The first half is hacky, shameless rehash of the first POTA. A Charlton Heston lookalike (James Franciscus) retraces Heston's steps (and I mean step by freaking step) through the Ape civilization. He crashes his spaceship, loses the rest of his crew, meets cavewoman hottie Nova, witnesses ape judicial hearings, provides shocked declarations about what he sees ("It's a bloody nightmare!"), gets shot by an ape, meets Zira and Cornelius, loses his astronaut clothes and winds up in a loincloth, gets captured by gorillas, dumped in Zira's clinic, escapes, and discovers that the Planet Of The Apes is actually Earth. If someone paid you to make the safest, least-interesting…
Upside-down crucified apes, sacrilegious hallucinations, bloody stigmata statues, radioactive ritualizing, lingering death blows to the face and brain, mind control murder, nihilistic nuclear annihilation... all for the children in perhaps the most egregious excuse ever for a G-rated film. This description probably makes the film sound like a real demented trip worth taking, and the last 20 minutes or so are definitely that, but the first hour is one ginormous wet noodle of a retread. 20 Century Fox was in dire straits coming off some expensive, legendary bombs at the time and had to rush this slapdash and cheaply produced sequel that no one had any biting commitment and passion for and it shows. Even the ape makeup is slapped…
You ask me to help you? Man is evil! Capable of nothing but destruction!
The film opens up with the final scenes of the previous film, then the first act begins and it pretty much starts out as a retread of Planet of the Apes. Instead of Charlton Heston meeting the apes for the first time, we get James Franciscus meeting the apes for the first time. The social commentary is also quite reduced. It's a shell of the original.
With that said I still had a blast watching this film. It's nowhere near as good as the original, but it's campier, has more action and the pace is brisk. The final act is so bizarre that you…
"The only good human... is a dead human!"- Ursus
Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the Sci-Fi classic, Planet of the Apes, is a very odd sequel. The first half of the film is basically a rehash of the original film (but in less than half the time) and the second half is just weird. I don't really have a better way to say it than that. The last act in a clusterfuck, and I don't mean that as a negative. I simply mean that a lot of crazy shit goes down in a short period of time. It all happens so fast that it leaves your head spinning.
As I said the first half of the…
Yeah, this is indeed quite literally beneath "Planet of the Apes".
The first 40 minutes are basically just a rehash of the original movie. Another astronaut called Brent crashlands on the planet of the apes. He buries his comrades, meets Nova, gets caught by apes, escapes with the help of Zira and finally finds out what planet he actually landed on. From there the story is expanded with him meeting telepathic mutants and an old friend.
Usually I'm somebody who enjoys when a sequel takes place directly after the first movie moving the story along instead of doing the same thing again and again. This entry tries both at the same time and fails. James Franciscus who plays Brent even…
Pretty much the only thing interesting about this film is that they take a page out of Liberace's book and cast a younger Charlton Heston look-a-like in the lead role. Heston is still in the film though, making the few scenes that he shares with his younger doppelganger kind of strange.
No where near as good as the first.
Basically a total retread for the first half and frickin' dull.
Picks up in the final third and the ending's cool though.
I'm sure this seemed better when it was originally released due in large part to a dearth in solid science fiction stories, but it hasn't aged well.
A mediocre beginning gives way to a bizarre final act in 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes'. It's a film caught between slavish devotion to (and replication of) the original 'Planet of the Apes, and and eventual radical departure from its' tone. While the first half of the film is a boring mere repeat of the first, the strange second half does at least offer a change of pace. It's not enough to make a watchable film out of this though. Close, but no cigar.
MY THREE WORDS
Derivative, repetitive, awkward.
I'm guessing my memory of the rest of the ape films may be better then the actual truth. (1970) "Beneath The Planet Of The Apes" starts off right where the first one ended. Which by the way, was a perfect ending. Taylor and Nova ride out after some (not so great news). Taylor falls into a fake image of a rock? Nova quickly runs into a rescue team of astronauts from the past,who just by chance crash very close to the original crash. Instead of taking new astronaut Brent to where Taylor disappeared, Nova takes him to the city of the Ape people. That seems like it would be the last place.
Some of the make-up of the massive chimp…
Well, that was one weird movie. While I really enjoyed the first half of this film, the second half is when it goes full on weird, resulting in the film as a whole being sort of a drag. While the first film is a masterpiece, this is... Not quite up to standards, to say the least.
Well, it brought back most of the original cast and it had about the same production values, minus the fact that in some of the bigger cowd scenes, some of the Apes make-up can look rather fake.
Sadly, the first half of the film is just rehash. A second rescue team is sent for Taylor, led by a guy who looks nearly identical. His ship.crashes and his crew dies. He finds Nova and basically go through the same motions Taylor did in the first one.
Then the second part kicks in with evil human mutants that worship an atomic bomb.
Then it got weird when the Apes attack these freaks and it ends in a bloody battle.
I was nice that Harrison and Heston were in it a lot, not just cameos, so it felt more sequel then rehash, but they should have done it without the new guy.
Well... shit. I'd love to see how they manage to make a sequel to this one.
A big step down from the first, and Heston is barely in the movie, but still a worthwhile entry. It's short and the new lead isn't particularly interesting, but it's full of bizarre imagery and strange concepts, backed up by the re-appearances of Zera, Cornelius and Dr. Zaius, who are wonderful characters once again. The weird thing is, all the costume and mask work is a lot worse this time around, other than the three I just mentioned - which makes me think that the budget dropping from around $4 million to $3 million means the new props weren't really a priority. It isn't nearly as well-written as the last one, but I can't help but enjoy it for two…
You have to admire the brutal nihilism of this sequel, and its ballsy willingness to literally destroy its entire universe. It's a classic case of a black sheep sci-fi property being allowed to develop in fascinating, original ways due to a lack of studio interest. The first remains a true classic, but this first sequel still has more than enough interesting social commentary and compelling moments to warrant serious discussion.
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