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  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★

  • Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

  • Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island

    ★★

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  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes

    Escape from the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    They were somehow able to find a way to continue the series. After painting themselves into a corner with the ending to the second film time travel was the only solution. It's basically a role reversal of the original film. This time talking apes are aided by good hearted human scientists once man begins to fear them. Hunter and McDowall's charm and chemistry really carries the film.

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★

    An entertaining enough sequel that fails to live up to the original. There are plenty of recycled angles used in the first act. Crash landing spaceship with a lone survivor. Franciscus even looks exactly like Heston. That always threw me off as a kid. While the second act dives deep into the antiwar, antinuke sentiment of the time. The third act gives us that staple of 70's Sci-Fi, a total bummer of an ending. With Taylor being relegated to a secondary character and a story that kind of jumps the shark the film is ultimately forgettable.

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