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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.
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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…
I have seen all of the Planet of the Apes movies....but have to admit I was getting confused about movies #2 through #5. There have now been 8 Planet of the Apes movies. So to get rid of the confusion of Beneath (#2), Escape (#3), Conquest (#4) and Battle (#5)...I have decided to watch them all again.
In this one Charlton Heston returns as Taylor for the beginning and end of the movie...while James Franciscus picks up the lead role. Turns out there are more talking humans hiding out in the subways of old New York City. From a storyline aspect of all 8 Ape movies this could actually be where the story ends.....if you watch the movie you know…
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…
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Extremely strange sequel, it goes for something completely different than Planet of the Apes. This is a full fledged fantasy film by the end, and almost all the social commentary is lost. Charlton Heston, the star of the original, has little more than a cameo in this. Instead we get "not Charlton Heston", who is not nearly as compelling as the real Charlton Heston. "Not Charlton Heston" is paired with Linda Harrison, whose character hasn't learned to speak in between films, so that really limits any character development for her. She's relegated to looking confused and starring into the distance most the time, something Harrison is good at. I would be confused if I were in this film.
Coo coo crazy pants religious zealots who live under the ruins of New York and pray to an atomic bomb? Check. Apes crucified upside down and suffering in a vision of a wall of fire? Check. A war party of apes riding up on a statue of the Lawgiver that weeps blood? Check....An absolutely boiling hot mess that I couldn't help but love.
Haha, wow. Now that's how you make a sequel - stuff in an extended recap / retread of the first film until the audience are lulled into a false sense of security, then hit 'em with the psychic mutant bomb-worshippers. Beneath the Planet of the Apes is way too much of a mess to qualify as a "good" film but it's certainly endearingly strange - it's like finding a videotape where somebody has taped over the second half of the first film with Zardoz.
I loved the utter weirdness of the last 45 minutes, especially the glorious sets, which wonderfully represent the wreckage of New York. That may initially just be an excuse for James Franciscus to echo the famous…
Much of Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a rehash of the first movie. What is added ranges from the odd to the downright bizarre. It can't be denied though, that it is a beautifully shot film with some amazing sets. Plus, the action is very entertaining and it's all worth watching if even just for the final reel.
I can say it was enjoyable, but definitely is not better than the previous film. I hope the next movies are better.
It's an ok film but it's perhaps the weakest of the Apes films.
Si, justo después de ver la original por primera vez, me preguntaras que quiero para la secuela te diría: mas escenas de Linda Harrison en bikini de pieles y mutantes. Lo tengo clarísimo.
Secuela digna que no llega a la altura de la predecesora, pero que tampoco avergüenza. Sorprende que tenga un final todavía mas oscuro y chungo que la primera.
Me gustaría enviar un cariñoso saludo al tipo responsable del Lawgiver hecho por ordenador con unos gráficos que harían enrojecer al "Eye of the Beholder" y que aparece antes de que se cargue el menú de los Blurays de la saga. No se si eres el sobrino del señor 20th Century Fox o se la has metido doblada al mismo. En cualquier caso, eres mi ídolo de la semana.
Fucking bizarre, man!
Konsequente und nahtlose Fortführung des ersten Teils von 1968. Atmosphärisch weiterhin dicht, allerdings in weiten Teilen schwächer als der erste Teil. Das Ende ist ebenso plötzlich wie verwirrend konsequent. Im Kontext der damaligen Zeitgeschichte allerdings nachvollziehbar.
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…