In the year 2029, interstellar reconnaissance missions are relegated to chimpanzee pilots from the Space Station Oberon in deep space. On such a mission, a chimp loses communication and vanishes from the radar. Fearless astronaut Leo Davidson launches a rescue mission and, following a malfunction, lands on a jungle-like planet not unlike the Earth. To Leo's astonishment, English-speaking apes and primitive humans inhabit the planet. Following his capture by the apes and subsequent escape, Leo assembles a small band of defiant humans and empathetic apes in an attempt to re-establish contact with Oberon, but his focus changes following an unexpected discovery. Armed with this new information, Leo leads a rebellion against an overpowering ape force that will result in freedom or complete annihilation.
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Should Have Been A Lot Better.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 29/07/2009 21:40:16
Planet Of The Apes (2001) is a remake of the classic 1960's Charlton Heston sci-fi thriller. This new imagining stars Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren and Paul Giamatti.
The remake features many differences from the old movie but the basic plot is essentially the same. An astronaut (Wahlberg) lands on a strange planet inhabited by human-like apes.
The big problem with this movie is that the humans are dumb cliched characters. Wahlberg struggles in the hero role, lacking charisma and intelligence. Kristofferson has a redundant supporting role and a bland Estella Warren makes no impression as Wahlberg's love interest.
The good news is that the actors playing the apes are much better. Roth steals the show as psychotic General Thade, his quite frightening character is full of snarls and animal instinct. Giamatti has a lot of fun playing a comedic ape while Michael Clarke Duncan uses his physique to great effect as a gorilla. Helena Bonham Carter is also great as a sensitive chimpanzee trying to help the humans.
Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands) was given Planet Of The Apes late on and had no real time to prepare. Because of this the movie feels rushed and underdeveloped. There are moments of good stuff, the apes look amazing thanks to Rick Baker's make-up but Burton struggles to deliver the action sequences and the plot is all over the place.
This movie was supposed to relaunch the Planet Of The Apes franchise (the ending even sets up a sequel) but the poor critical response ended any hope of that. This movie is ok but it cannot be compared to the classic original.
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No Extras ?
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 04/07/2008 01:45:02
This film it amazing on Blu-Ray, sounds great and looks amazing. I would only recommend it if you are a fan of the film, as the Blu-Ray contains no extra features (apart from an interview with Tim Burton) when the 2 disk dvd contained loads. Other than that I would wait for a price drop if you are unsure.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Gamem8 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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