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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…
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…
I didnt like this as much as the first one but it was still pretty good. These Apes movies sure love their bummer endings dont they?
Underwhelming sequel briefly retreads the first film's angle with new character Brent, then rushes into mutants vs apes storyline that sounds better on paper. Hoping the next installment is better.
This first sequel started out pretty bland. It felt like they wrote it expecting Heston to come back, but he was busy or something so they just did a quick rewrite and made it a new astronaut who did the exact same thing that he did and looks kind of the same. Too bad he's so much less charismatic. Anyway, like I said it starts off pretty boring and then takes a MASSIVE WTF swing a little over halfway in. I actually kind of appreciated the crazy because at least then it became its own movie.
Some cool concepts, but even with some heavy-handed social commentary, the last half hour makes little sense.
In some ways, I wish there were more entries in the series like this one. The, "Random human discovers batshit crazy part of future-Earth" plot was pretty fun. The ending put the kibosh on that, obviously.
Unlike the first movie this one doesn't have to worry about The Big Secret, so it gets to move along a little faster, which is also nice.
Why did Taylor do that thing he did?
This is one of the weirdest movies ever made. The first half is an abridged recreation of the first movie and the second half is a complete non sequitur. I've never figured out how long after the events of Planet of the Apes this movie occurs but Heston seems to have aged ten years. Which is good because you'd never tell the Heston of the first movie apart from the James Franciscus of this movie (kudos to the screenwriter throwing in a reference to this). At least Nova is in the movie, as beautiful as ever. She does nothing but look bewildered--once again--but it really doesn't matter. She pulls it off well.
"In one of the countless billions of galaxies in the universe, lies a medium-sized star, and one of its satellites, a green and insignificant planet, is now dead."
Well, this series took an unexpected turn... It's like the filmmakers, high on the drugs they clearly paid Heston in, decided that after tackling racism in the first film, they should follow that up with tackling the topic of the atomic bomb. But you know, we're also going to have more apes, and not only replay the Statue of Liberty scene, but give you a bunch more scenes just like it.
Would it be an interesting episode of the Twilight Zone? Sure. Is it weird/cool when you meet them in Fallout 3?…
Well that got weird fast… some really striking/disturbing imagery though, possibly more than the first. It's nowhere near as ideologically interesting as the first but at 95 minutes who cares?
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