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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…
Planet of the Apes Franchise Entry #2
An extremely lackluster sequel to the superb Planet of the Apes. The first half of the film focuses on rehashing the original Planet of the Apes with a suspiciously similar substitute for Taylor in the form of another astronaut named Brent, who was tasked with finding him. Taylor himself shows up at the beginning of the film and near the very end where he dies abruptly (Heston is on record requesting a reduced part and death for his character). The second half of the film showcases a cult of telepathic mutants that worship an atomic bomb that after capturing Taylor and Brent is set upon by the ape army which results in the…
A sequel that is more a less a rehash of the first film for the first hour even down to the main lead (Brent) who looked distinctly like Charlton Heston. The remaining 30 minutes was very different and quite bold in its approach and the ending took me by surprise, a decent enough sequel and I'm happy to continue the series.
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…
It repeats a lot of the beats of the first movie, but makes up for it by doubling down on that film's nihilism; the audacity of the ending is just breathtaking.
Its plain yet not terrible until the 3rd act goes completely off the rails into loonie zone
Film 2/30 of Scavenger Hunt #1!
Task #2: "A film with apes!"
I think they really like to do a plot twist at the end of every movie in this franchise.
I've never been a fan of the planet of the apes, and I also think that the new ones are much better.
I always wanted to see more from the thelepatic humans who lives Beneath the Planet of the Apes (*insert pun here) and less about the strange but kinda interesting apes society.
Well, I liked the Doomsday Bomb but I think that Strangelove would roll over in his grave.
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An excellent film. Like its predecessor it shows the dangers of religious fanaticism, bigotry, ignorance and hate.
The costume design in this film is spectacular, and the addition of the doomsday bomb is brilliant.
I have no doubt that games and media like Fallout drew much inspiration from a movie like this. Especially with the ghouls resembling the dead city humans in this film.
Film 462 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Wow, who shit the bed with this sequel? Bringing nothing great about the first film with it, Beneath the Planet of the Apes takes place instantly after its predecessor, but this time we get a new lead anywhere near as interesting or charismatic as Charlton Heston was (He's still here, but in a very minor role).
I think most people wanted to see further exploration of the Ape society, which is sadly side-lined for some shit about an underground society of telepathic mutant humans. What the fuck? The new lead doesn't seem very fazed by these events either.
There is some good stuff here and there, and it runs at a breezy 90 minutes, but with this sequel I spent most the time thinking this isn't couldn't have been a real film and that I was just actually tripping major balls.
Dated, and not a classic. Terribly slow-moving and dull, not enough apes and too much freaky telepathic mutants. Bomb stuff is reflective of the era's fears I guess, but pretty belabored. Kira and Cornelius mostly cameo. A mere shadow of the glorious original. Most of the 2.5 star rating is for Nova - and her costume designer.
it may not be the most well-made film, but I still enjoyed it greatly. I'm glad I have the Legacy collection and will be able to watch the rest of the series. these movies are very interesting to me and I really enjoy them. they're very fun and extremely cheesy at some parts, but I love it. can't wait to see the rest of the series.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes is ... not a good movie. And to some degree, how could it be?
Lose: Charlton Heston
Gain: James Franciscus
Verdict: Not even close, as amply demonstrated by the few scenes that they share. Heston picks guys like Franciscus out of his stool.
Lose: Rod Serling
Gain: Paul Dehn
Verdict: Serling's script for Planet isn't subtle, but it's great. The satire is a scalpel tied to a sledgehammer. Dehn's is a bomb in a vat of jelly.
Lose: Franklin J Schaffner
Gain: Ted Post
Verdict: While I can't say that I'm familiar with either man's output other than these two movies, there's no doubt that Schaffner has a handle on both the pacing and…
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