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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.
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.
A rare case in which the sequel is better then its predecessor, Beneath the Planet of the Apes builds on the first film in every way, the acting has improved dramatically, along with the special effects, cinematography, makeup design and production values.
Feels like a continuation of the first one with a solid end. 5/5
This was somewhat fine follow-up film especially the art-locations and set-design; however unbeatable to its prequel.
The original was a fun interesting movie with good performances and in the franchises return there's more of this silly, science fiction , futuristic tone that the original didn't stick to but this one does but the effects aren't actually too bad.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes is an absolutely insane sequel. At first it sneakily pretends to be a carbon copy of the original with James Franciscus taking the place of Charlton Heston, but in its second half it takes the series in a completely unexpected direction. Brutal and shockingly bleak, Beneath is a film that makes me wish all sequels were this mad and ballsy. If you know nothing about its plot, keep it that way and enjoy the many surprises it has to offer.
One of those movies that absolutely benefits from going off-the-rails in the third act.
People shouldn't be cross-eyed when they die and look like this:
Also the rest of it was pretty weak too.
I recently did a complete Apes rewatch and I was shocked how much I enjoyed the Ape sequels. I was always a huge fan of the original, I had only seen this film here and there on TV over the last 20 or so years. Well, I gave it my full attention, and I'm glad I did because I always missed the gigantic pair of balls this movie has. It does not pull punches.
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