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Beneath the Planet of the Apes
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.
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…
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.
Seems to have been made under many of the same principles that would later produce the infamous sequel to The Exorcist: Remove almost everything that made the first movie good, and replace it with nonsense/batshit insanity. Unfortunately it works about as well here as it does there.
James Franciscus is especially lacking in the lead role - his character is a pale shade of Heston's character in the first movie (reduced to a glorified cameo here), and his performance matches that dynamic exactly.
I will say that the ending is pretty awesome in a way, particularly Paul Frees' searingly abrupt and bleak closing narration. But it seems like they were trying to one-up the first movie's humane cynicism with all-out misanthropy - it leaves a bad taste in my mouth but it might work for some people.
It's always interesting to return to your childhood favorites and see how they hold up.
I have been a huge Planet of the Apes fan since about five years old, and there was something about Beneath the Planet of the Apes that I was always drawn to. Its bizarre finale really disturbed me as a child, to the point that I believe I initially turned the film off.
Watching the film again for the first time in years, it definitely doesn't hold up as well as I remember it, although it's still a ton of fun. James Franciscus (the studio most definitely chose the man based on his physical resemblance to Charlton Heston) occasionally overacts or reads his lines quite…
For a while, I was pretty bummed that this was just a rehashing of the first one (that I was luke warm on). But shit gets fucking insane around the 1-hour mark. I wasn't expecting any of that stuff one bit!
You had me at talking ape-men having a schvitz.
A competent sequel that's a little too slow, with a lead who's a little too lunkheaded... but wow, those last 5 minutes... and holy shit, those last 30 seconds.
A testament to how much a great ending can redeem a middling film.
Wieder ziemlich hölzerne Charaktere und eine etwas wirre Geschichte. Die Kulissen bei den Menschen wirken ziemlich billig, aber trotzdem was das insgesamt angenehm zu schauen. Gute Religionskritik.
In many ways this is a solid sequel. It continues the story from the first film, rather than rehashing the story. It gives us closure on the cliffhanger ending of the first film. This film also provides a dramatic, unexpected ending as well.
That being said, it runs too slow for my taste. I felt bored until the third act. Also, I feel this movie is a lot more heavy-handed in its thematic approach. This movies hits on topics of class structure, racism, science vs religion, and this time the third major element of war is implemented. We get many reflections of Vietnam and the protests that went along with that.
All-in-all this is a mixed bag for myself, but I could see why people would enjoy it tremendously.
With the exception of the effective last few minutes or so -- which manages to out-do the devastation and cynicism of the original -- Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a slow, somewhat goofy low-rent retread. The effects and make-up are cheaper, the story a little less tightly wound, and no one here (save Kim Hunter) really seems to cares, especially Heston.
As far as sci-fi sequels go, you can't always expect too much. That's not the case here. I loved the original Planet of the Apes and its ending, and put off watching this because of that... I thought it would certainly ruin the story and go off on some odd and unnecessary tangent. The first film is still a great standalone, but this movie is just really cool. Someone goes searching for Charlton Heston's character and becomes entangled in a plot full of trippiness, time travel, and creepy evil underground civilizations. It was interesting, inventive, and action-packed, and I couldn't ask for too much more from a movie of this type.
Awesome in so many different ways than it predecessor. They went full monty on this one. And you just have to admire that.
Still entertaining on its own merits but it is definitely not on the same level as the original. Despite destroying Earth they still managed to make three more movies... I have not seen any of the following three original Apes films so this will be interesting.
The much disliked sequel to PotA was actually better than I was expecting. Sure, it was basically a rehash of the first film for the first hour, but it was still a pretty enjoyable adventure. We got a younger Charlton Heston look-a-like in the lead role and all the favourites from the first returned. The familiarity of the first two acts was a bit of a letdown, but the final 30 minutes really redeemed it, there was some weird shit going down. The whole atomic bomb thing was great and the ending was really freakin' dark. It ended a little too abruptly, but it was a brave choice. Kudos for that.
As I was expecting not as good as the first one, but still watchable. The sem-philosophical message is completly lost in this one in favour of MORE MONKEYS, MORE FIGHTS, BIGGER SCENARIES, BIGGER BUDGET!!!
Everything is big except for the quality of the movie. From a moment to the other there is a clan of human with leucemia inhabiting the planet and we start wondering why all the future's seventies costumes look so much like last century...
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