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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.
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.
Silly but entertaining followup to the original Planet of the Apes. Best scene is in the ruins of the church worshipping a doomsday bomb--clever!
The first “Planet of the Apes” at least attempted to be a little bit more than stock corny science fiction. It’s sequel, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” completely descends into the realm of corny sci-fi, such in the vein of the original “Star Trek” series but without any of the grand themes of the quest for knowledge. This time we are provided with a new hero who looks deceptively like George Taylor (Charlton Heston) from the first movie, to the extent that when I first saw him I was genuinely confused as to what was happening and whether what I was seeing was a flashback. The gusto the original had just isn’t in this half-hearted sequel and it’s unfortunate…
The first half seems a bit of a retread of the first movie, but with a Charlton Heston look-alike (the writers even hang a lantern on this by having some of the apes confusing one for the other). The "beneath" part is intriguing, but the whole idea of "peaceful weapons" and why they worship a certain artifact seem ill-defined and wishy-washy heavy-handed unmotivated symbolism.
That's a lot of hyphenates.
In the bonus featurette, we're treated to some sketches based on an early script idea, titled "Planet of the Men", which sounds like a much more compelling story to me. Too bad they didn't make that.
Not one of the strongest films in the franchise, but quite enjoyable in parts. The ending was particularly good.
its nothing compared to the first movie, but it was still pretty enjoyable. really takes off when the first one ended and went in some pretty messed up directions. fall out worshiping mutants vs angry gorillas, how can you go wrong. but other than that, the acting was kinda blah and the overtones of race wars and nuclear destruction are indeed strong. definitely not as good as the first but at least its a direct part 2, i like the continuity.
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 did much better and made it seem less stupid, the actings awful but the effects aren't actually too bad.
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