After the strangeness that was Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Review), I really had no idea where this series would go next.
The initial premise is decent enough: flipping the script of the first film so that three apes end up on then-present day Earth.
Then everything gets stupid.
It's almost as if each of these films insists on being frustrating with the unnecessary silences near the beginning followed by an overlong acceleration towards actual conflict-resolution.
Idiotic lines, faux-deep musings, repetitions, needless scenes, and hollow characters abound.
Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter turn in good performances, same as the rest of the cast for the most part, but their characters are simply not equipped to take the…