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Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Planet of the Apes (1968)


Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall
Maurice Evans
Kim Hunter

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Here is a Sci-Fi classic that all should get to see, especially if you are a Sci-Fi fan. Planet of the Apes is one that I think can stand the test of time as an ongoing classic. The great thing about the movie is not the graphics or the costumes which were great but could be better, the great thing about the movie is the story, and the depth of the story goes deep to the very end.

The height of this great movie is the interaction; the dialogue between the characters is more captivating than the screenplay itself. The movie is based on a 1963 science fiction novel named La Planète des singes meaning Planet of the Apes or Monkey Planet in English, the novel is written Pierre Boulle. The novel’s (and movie’s) story is built on a strong foundation similar to that of the Biblical creation of man, the tweaks to fit the creation of man to that of apes is spectacular and one that you have to see for yourself.

The plot is about three astronauts who crash landed on a planet where apes run the whole planet and humans are uncivilized and speechless. The apes were in charge and spoke while the humans were treated like animals.

Taylor (Charlton Heston) and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find themselves on the strange planet. Taylor sustained a throat injury that made him unable to speak, making the apes think that he is just as uncivilized as the rest humans, but when his throat healed he spoke and all hell broke loose on the ape planet.

Seen as one of the best movies of our time, Planet of the Apes was a huge commercial success and it had a higher critical acclaim than any of the other four in its series. The franchise was revisited in 2001 by Tim Burton the name of the movie was also the same and the movie was a financial success, but 20th Century fox didn’t continue with it but did a reboot of the franchise in 2011 named Rise of the Planet of the Apes which won an Oscar for best visual effect, a second part of the movie will be released in 2014.

This movie is excellent and it is great, one that you will not mind seeing, the movie is so captivating that from the get go you will be attracted to see how it will end, and the twist ending is one that has remained in cinematic history as one of the best endings there is, and I agree.


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