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      14.11.2011 02:31
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      Entertaining but not a patch on the classic original

      Planet of the Apes

      I remember seeing this movie at the cinema when it first came out and enjoying it, but on watching it again on the TV recently it really hasn't aged well.

      Basically a remake of the original classic movie but with better make-up and special effects, Planet of the Apes has Mark Wahlberg as the spaceman who crashes on an unknown planet where apes have become the dominant species and humans are captured to be used as slaves and pets. In that respect, it is a very poignant role reversal of actual society, however, it contains enough cheesiness that it is unlikely to be taken seriously.

      Wahlberg is as good as he is in everything, a poor man's Tom Cruise with about the same okay-at-what-he-does acting ability and he spends most of the time running around trying to look tough. The monkeys obviously are the best, particularly Tim Roth disguised as the truly nasty General Thade, and to a lesser extent Helena Bonham Carter who is a perfect specimen of a human female even when barely recognizable. The humans, on the other hand, are particularly forgettable, especially Daena as Wahlberg's love interest, who looks great while running around semi-naked but says about five words in the whole movie.

      The special effects are decent, particularly when the apes are jumping around. Up close the make-up is clearly fake, but at least they don't walk around like humans in costumes like they do in the original. However, despite this, in terms of impact, good-for-its-time and shock value, this remake is a poor effort. The original is a classic and this film doesn't come close. While the plot has its good points, too many random things happen, and the ending, an attempt to outdo the classic final scene of the original movie, is almost laughable. In fact, if you just switch it off after Wahlberg gets back into his spaceship you'll probably enjoy it more.

      Entertaining but nothing special.

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      27.01.2010 13:18
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      Well worth a watch, trust me :D

      Planet of the Apes [2001] is an epic science fiction film. I watched it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is effortless to follow but enthralling at the same time. The special effects and make up are very well done and this really kept me immersed in the film. You may wonder why I've haven't mentioned the plot... well to be honest I don't want to give away the storyline or even give you an outline of the events. I can't stand summaries or blurbs of films/books because I feel it ruins the mystery of the film.

      Mark Wahlberg plays the protagonist very well, although the character he plays isn't explained at all and at the end of the film we know nothing about him other than him being an astronaut. This is a huge mistake really as it leaves us relatively detached from him which is a shame... as he's pretty centric to the story!

      Special features on the DVD include:
      -Audio commentary tracks by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman
      -Interactive menu
      -Scene access

      The audio commentary is pretty extensive though I didn't really feel it added much to the film, though Tim Burton mentions several interesting facts about Planet of the Apes!

      I really recommend you watch this film as it's a masterpiece. The plot is enthralling and the effects used in the film will keep you immersed throughout. If you don't mind the lead (Mark Wahlberg) then you will certainly enjoy watching Planet of the Apes [2001]. Whilst the DVD doesn't offer a whole lot extra, it's currently only £3.98 on Amazon so at that price it's definitely worth the buy!

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      27.07.2009 01:44

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      A goofy but tolerable remake

      Planet of the Apes was long thought one of those few golden classics that nobody would dare remake. Sadly, the critics were wrong, and of all people, Tim Burton decided to give it another treatment. Still, with Burton at the helm, there was the hope that it might be decent, and deliver some good visuals to boot. Both of those statements are correct - but only barely is this a decent film, and it's not one I really care to revisit again.

      Leo Davidson (Mark Walhberg) is a scientist who is working with Monkeys to send them into space. However, when the Monkey goes missing, Leo ventures out in a pod, and is caught in an electromagnetic storm that sends him through time, winding up in a strange land where Apes rule, and any humans are rounded up and imprisoned or made to be slaves. However, a few Apes, namely Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), feel that there should be equality between Apes and Humans, and so aid him in trying to escape. Meanwhile, Gen. Thade (Tim Roth, in the film's standout performance - you can tell he's having a lot of fun!) organises a strike to take the humans down one and for all. Who will win out?

      Whilst the original outfoxes this remake in practically every regard, this one does improve on the effects obviously - not only are the visual effects improved, but the makeup admittedly does look rather amazing. I'm sure it must've taken hours and hours to apply...

      An immensely silly but somewhat amusing remake that's not a patch on the original, but is infused with enough B-movie charm and fun performances (notably from Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter) to keep it going. Certainly Tim Burton's worst film, but I almost admire his bravery for the film's hilariously absurd ending.

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      01.02.2009 21:23
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      Well worth going ape over

      I loved the original of this, and I thought the book was fantastic so I had high hopes for this modern retelling of this great story.

      In fairness to this remake I was not disappointed. The story begins in space on Jupiter station, a huge science station in our Solar system charting phenomena. Humans are not allowed to pilot ships though for dangerous missions, this tricky job belongs to the apes, who have been genetically enhanced to do jobs (similar I think to the fourth Planet of the Apes film).

      Of course something goes wrong and disaster ensues...

      Although the plot of this film is different to the first the human/ape relationship is critical to the storyline as is the first and in fact, many of the elements from the original film franchise appear in this remake (humans can create weapons a 1000 times more powerful than a spear).

      I enjoyed also the new idea that humans could talk and where actually more slave than vermin. This 'twist' was a welcome addition to the film story.

      The key to the original planet of the apes movie was the ending...everyone can remember the first time they saw it...the statue of liberty in the sand. So how do they better this?!?

      The answer is in short, they don't but they have a darn good try!

      Look out for a cameo appearance from the late Charlton Heston, who alters a famous line from the original to great effect!

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        23.11.2008 06:06
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        Excellently Imaginative movie

        This highly inventive and fantasy filled movie was extremely entertaining and I really enjoyed watching it. It is just such an imaginative and interesting storyline. The imagination that was used to come up with this story is impressive. All of the actors did a great job playing their highly intriguing characters monkey and human alike.

        This is the remake of the late 60's movie that combines the storyline from the movie with the novel written by Pierre Boulie. This newly vamped movie is about an astronaut named Leo Davidson, played by the hot Mark Wahlberg, of this day and age who goes on an unauthorized mission after the chimp that was supposed to be going on the mission completely disappears while out in space. However, when Leo searches for the chimp in the electrical storm that they were studying he slips through the same tear in the fabric of time that the chimp went through and ends up on a strange planet.

        Leo soon realizes that he has landed on some foreign planet that is ruled by highly advanced and intelligent apes that rule the planet. On this planet apes are the intelligent ones and humans are their pets and/or slaves. Leo is captured by the ape guard and locked up and treated as a common slave. However, Leo will not be controlled by Apes and formulates a plan of escape and then start his escape attempt.

        This movie is extremely imaginative, suspenseful, exciting, and very entertaining. This is a great and intriguing film and I highly recommend it

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        07.03.2008 23:35
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        OK sci-fi movie that is fairly tame compared to todays offerings, but watchable.

        This 2001 blockbuster was a remake of the classic 1968 movie. The effects, filming and soundtrack were brought up to date and the film had a very successful re-run but the story was basically the same.

        It's the year 2029 and interstellar reconnaissance is being carried out by chimpanzee pilots. They come from Oberon which is a space station built way out in deep space. One of the chimps disappears from the radar and Leo Davidson goes out on a rescue mission. It isn't long before he gets into trouble to and ends up on a planet that resembles earth but is covered in tropical jungle.

        The apes here speak English and appear to be in charge of things and the humans here are very primitive. The apes capture our hero and he escapes to incite a small band of humans to revolt and try to make contact with Oberon again. A few apes help in the plan.

        Leo leads the rebels in a fight to the death. It's a case of overthrowing the apes, or dyeing in the battle.

        Special features:
        Audio Commentaries by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman
        Enhanced Viewing Mode
        4 Split Screen Videos
        8 Mini features
        5 Extended Scenes
        Multi-Angle Scene Comparisons
        Music Video
        Stills Galleries
        Cast & Crew Profiles
        Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

        Cast:
        Mark Wahlberg
        Tim Roth
        Helena Bonham Carter
        Michael Clarke Duncan
        Paul Giamatti
        Estella Warren
        Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
        David Warner
        Kris Kristofferson
        Erick Avari
        Lucas Elliott
        Evan Parke
        Glenn Shadix
        Freda Foh Shen
        Chris Ellis
        Director: Tim Burton

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          26.01.2008 14:55
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          Tim Burton Re-imagines a Classic

          I was a massive fan of the old Planet of the Apes movies - they had some great stories, great characters and were all carried off in a highly imaginative format. It was with some trepidation, therefore, that I awaited the release of the new big bucks Hollywood version that was released in 2001. One of the big cinema blockbusters of the year, the film was heralded with seemingly relentless press coverage, and interviews with the stars were on nearly every single TV show for a period of about two months. The DVD release was advertised with similar pomp - this was the "future of DVD" apparently.

          Set in the year 2029, the film opens on the space station OBERON, where reconnaissance missions are being undertaken by highly trained chimpanzee pilots - all under the watchful eyes of a team of US astronauts. On an exploratory mission into a fierce electro-magnetic storm, one such chimp loses communication with the control centre, and disappears from the radar. One of the astronauts (Leo Davidson) launches a rescue mission in a separate craft, only to find himself caught up in the storm. His craft malfunctions, and he crash lands on a jungle-like planet. It is not long before he runs into the locals - a tribe of persecuted humans, who are being hunted and captured by English-speaking apes. Following his own capture, Leo is astonished by the civilisation that he encounters - but quickly gets caught up in a struggle for survival against the evil ape, General Thade. His only aim is escape- but he may end changing the course of history....

          Planet of the Apes is unquestionably a very good movie. Filled with fantastic characters, imaginative set pieces and exciting action, I enjoyed it from start to finish. Technically, the film is also very advanced - at times, you could forget that the talking apes weren't really real - and the plot twists and turns in such a way that it keeps you guessing right up until the end. So much time and attention has been put into making this film that you cannot fail to enjoy it.

          The plot is well constructed, if not slightly predictable, and enables the film to move along at a suitably brisk pace. I particularly liked the recurring irony of the role reversal portrayed between man and apes - a key theme throughout the film that shifts its sensitivities from the apes to the humans and then back again several times throughout. Planet is not just a dumb action movie - there is plenty of action, but the filmmakers have worked hard to put something relatively sensible together, and there is a lot of social commentary being made here. As an analogy of the human race, the ape society is suitably apt - the children are rude and spoilt, the military is power-hungry, and the businessmen are greedy and unscrupulous. There are a number of key plot twists during the movie, although (at the risk of sounding cocky) I had pretty much figured them out right from the start of the film - the ending is excellent though, and I have to say that I didn't quite see that one coming.

          As a film directed by Tim Burton, you would expect a range of suitably dark and mysterious settings, and to a certain extent, you won't be disappointed with this film. The best sequences are those set in the main ape mountain inhabitant, where Burton's gothic tastes are evident. I enjoyed the blend of modern and primitive styles enjoyed by the apes - their sophisticated tastes and vanities all contrast heavily with their strange movements and aggressive instincts, and there are a number of comical touches to lift the mood. Once the action shifts from the mountain, however, the Burton influences all but disappear, and the film moves into a rather uninspiring desert setting that would be more at home in a George Lucas movie. The special effects are all very competent too - the space station scenes, as well as the battle scenes on the planet are all impressive enough, although the night-time settings in the apes' mountain lair were comparatively undemanding.

          The apes are consistently excellent - the quality and innovation of the make up designers is breathtaking. As you are introduced to the main ape characters, you cannot fail to be impressed by the different ape species represented, all with their own characteristics. Whereas the apes in the original movies were all fairly generic, the apes in this version can clearly be identified as chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and more. The apes' movements are all skilfully choreographed whilst walking, but the acrobatic scenes are even more impressive, with visually flawless sequences of the apes leaping, climbing and even riding horses. I was slightly disappointed with Helena Bonham-Carter's make-up design - in an effort to make her look more flatteringly feminine, I decided that she actually ended up looking like a cross between Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

          The film has a fine cast of actors, all of whom perform extremely well. Mark Wahlberg goes on to prove that those dodgy pop music days are well behind him, with a charismatic performance as the stranded astronaut Leo Davidson. Tim Roth's General Thade is one of the best villain performances I have seen in a long time - from his voice, to his facial expressions, Thade is relentlessly sinister from start to finish, and genuinely frightening. Bonham-Carter's character is also very strong, with a unique twist on the role of a female love interest for Leo - her portrayal of the compassionate and intelligent, yet feisty Senator's daughter Ari is very compelling. Kris Kristofferson crops up as a beaten-up old man (he's good at those isn't he?) and even Charlton Heston pops up briefly as the dying father of General Thade. My favourite character had to be the tradesman Limbo, whose role added some (often, much needed) light relief.

          Perhaps the most incredible thing about this DVD package is the volume of extras. The DVD retails in a two disc set that features no less than thirteen hours of additional features - combined with the film's running time of two hours, that's nearly fifteen hours of entertainment. The value for money is therefore unquestionable - although I'm not sure that the 13-hour claim is totally true. The extras include the following:

          - Audio commentaries by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman that can be played whilst the movie is running.

          - An enhanced viewing mode that will take you behind the scenes, whilst you watch the film.

          - Four split screen videos

          - 8 documentaries (known as featurettes). The insight into the film making process is fascinating - the make-up, choreography, wardrobe, score and screen tests are all shown in considerable detail.

          - 5 extended scenes - none of which were terribly interesting.

          - Multi-angle scene comparisons - you're supposed to get the feel of sitting in the Director's chair. Infinitely fiddly with the remote control - and ultimately very dull.

          - A Paul Oakenfold music video - which is really just clips from the film, set to an Oakenfold remix.

          - Trailers

          - Crew and Cast profiles

          - Stills Galleries

          To be honest, the volume of extras was far more than I would ever want to view and I rather felt that the extras were excessive. The menu structure is quite good, with a battle ape pointing at various options, from which you then select what you want - although this makes navigation rather time-consuming. The documentaries do enable the viewer to appreciate the time and effort that went into the film - and some of them are quite entertaining in their own right.

          As an entertainment package, a night in with this DVD set should be very satisfying. Planet of the Apes is an engaging, highly enjoyable film - and is suitable for most tastes. The extras (although probably too much for one night) are certainly worth a browse.

          Highly recommended!

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            20.01.2006 18:14
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            A disappointing movie considering the extremely high standards set by the directors previous movies

            This 're-imagining' (that's right NOT a remake according to the director himself) of this absolute classic is definately a film that cuts both ways. Critics slaughtered it, the viewing public as a majority did the same but every now and then you might just bump into someone who actually DID like it, these are normally the people who haven't seen the original! I went to see this movie at the local Odeon and armed with my ape-size box of popcorn & as I was a huge fan of the director's previous films (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Batman and Ed Wood) I was very much looking forward to Planet of The Apes.....but was a bit disappointed and just very confused (especially with the ending).

            For those of you aren't familiar with the Planet of The Apes story let me give you an outline;

            The film begins in the year 2029 on a huge orbiting space station, the space station has run into a huge electrical storm. This leads to the station commander sending out a space pod to investigate the storm, the pod is piloted by a chimp. Captain Leo Davidson played by Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job & Boogie Nights) taking on the role that made Charlton Heston a star takes offense to the station commander's decision to send the chimp in as one, the chimp is not ready to be thrown in yet and two, Davidson has formed a close bond with the creature.

            The chimp then runs into trouble & Davidson jumps into a space pod and goes off 'to get my chimp' and it is from here that he is somehow transported hundreds of years into the future and ends up crashing onto a strange island (the crash by the way is an excellent scene), ironically Davidson finds himself with other humans who being chased / hunted by the apes on the island and soon he is running for his life..

            I'll stop there because otherwise i will ruin it for you. Within the movie there were a number of things that bothered me, in Burton's version of the film he has the humans talking just like the apes - this is all well and good but surely if they are to considered a lesser race perhaps they shouldn't be able to communicate so easily amongst each other. It all makes for an equality between the apes and the humans that perhaps shouldn't exist.

            Another weird element inserted by Burton is that there is an ongoing 'love' story between Davidson and a female chimp called Ari, who is played by Tim Burton's missus Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), I can appreciate that Burton wants to get his point across, and in some ways this is an interesting subplot but for me it just felt a bit too weird.

            The main bulk of the film focuses on the war for supremacy between humans and the much more powerful apes. Other characters worth a mention are the fantastic ape villain General Thade played by Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) and his Colonel, Attar who is played by that beast of a man Michael Clarke Duncan (Daredevil & The Green Mile).

            Overall I wasn't blown away by the movie although the visual style of Tim Burton was very impressive, as always. But I never really felt for any of the characters apart from ironically the dying ape played by Charlton Heston in a cameo role who talks about the dangers of guns. He shows he can still hold a great screen presence. Costume wise it was very strong and the apes (credit to Rick Baker for this) were excellent.

            And of course what about that ending...(answers on a postcard please!!)....

            Thanks for reading!!

            Deadman23

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              I am a big Tim Burton fan, I've practically seen all his movies: "Batman" , "Sleepy Hollow", "Edward Scissorhands", "The Nightmare before Christmas" are the Directors best works to name a few. But when I first heard, that Director Tim Burton was going to make a remake of the original classic sci fi movie "Planet Of The Apes" with Charlton Heston, I was skeptical. Everyone knows that remakes of classic movies 90% of the time, plain suck. The movie remake of "Psycho" is a good example. I was further skeptical that Tim Burton's remake would equal the success of the original because all the ideas thought possible were used for the "Planet Of The Apes" series and movies. Apes going into space, an Ape's son taking over the world, and even mutant beings are just a couple of the ideas that were used for the four sequels and 2 television series that wanted to profit of the 1968 film. Now after watching the film , my gut instinct told me I was right. The New version of Planet of The Apes is highlly predictable, copying a large bulk of material from the original, with brief differences. Probably the biggest problem that this movie itself has is the lame, and dumbest ending I've seen. It makes me laugh justthinking about it. It makes me laugh more because this was a Tim Burton film. In fact, the ending looks like it was written by a 13 yr old, who has too many cheap sci fi films with bad endings. The end of the film, lets you down with an incredibly stupid ending that makes you feel like you wasted time watching it. Even Tim Burton commented after the film, that he would not make another sequel. Apparently, even he knew that his movie failed. Now my review of the film: Planet of The Apes starts with great visual effects, as we learn that an Air Force Space Station has occupied the universe. Mark Walhberg plays Captain Leo David
              son, who is teaching scientific chimps how to pilot space vessels for research. Basically, the chimps are sent as probes , if you will, to uncharted planets. However, something goes wrong, and the head chimp, gets lost on a voyage to a planet. Davidson, caring for the chimp, disobeys orders and goes after him. Now then comes the copying of the original film into the remake,but Burton tries his best or worst to not make it look like a copycat film. Davidson is eventually captured by the Apes of the Planet. Just like the original film, the Apes personality traits are split by class. The warriors are made mostly of Apes and Gorillas. The lying and cunniving politicians are made up of Urangantans. While the more sympathetic apes relate more to the chimp class. In the original fim, Charlton Heston has the famous line that all fans know when he is captured by the Apes: "Let go of me you damn dirty ape". However, Burton changes the script to not copy the original. In the remake, it is the ape who use a line similiar to this: "Let go of me you damn dirty human" Lol. I laughed for a while when I saw this. It's just a very dumb scene. Because even Burton changed the lines, it's still trying to copy that classic scene from the original. Anyways Davidson is captured and eventually meets the head Ape of the planet. Davidson is eventually put into the lines of human slaves that the apes have. Here also Burton tries to add differences between this film and the original. If you recall in the original, Charlton Heston was the only human who could think and talk, while all the over humans either had labotomies or had their throats cut out. This made Heston's character, Taylor, much more unique and dangerous to the apes. In the remake though, Burton makes it so all humans can talk. This made Walhberg's character not as unique and dangerous, as the original Heston characterm,
              hell it made him average, not standing out from the crowd. Tim Roth, plays the evil General Thade who is the military dictator in control of the planet. For the most part, Roth's part is admirable, he does display that aura of intimidation and fear, that all villians in the movie have, but all of this is ripped to shreds by the horrible ending of the film. Eventually Davidson and the rest of his human and ape friends stage a revolt against General Thade to see who will rule the planet. This is actually one of the few good points of the film,Burton gives you the hope that things will turn out the best in the end, but not necessarily... Without giving away the ending of the film, all I can say is that it is one of the cheesiest, dumbest endings I've seen!!! In fact, my first reaction to the ending was disbelief, followed by sheer laughter. I couldn't believe that Burton had done that type of ending. The ending reminds me of those low budget, cheap sci fi endings from the 1950's and 60's. If I wanted to see sci fi movies with a cheap , laughable, ending I would watched the reruns of "Mystery Science Theater 3000"!!. What upsets me about the ending, is that before the ending, we are lead to believe that the movie is going to end one way. In fact, if the movie ended up the way I thought it was going to end, I would have given it a perfect 10!!! But Burton (I don't know what he was thinking)sabotages, the good film with a cheap ending, that leaves you feeling rip-offed. He is not the only guy to do this, the legendary Roman Polanski likewise had the dumbest ending of his career in the movie "Femme Fatale" with Antonio Banderas. Several weeks after the movie was released, Burton said he would not do a sequel to "Planet Of The Apes". It seems that Burton himself, knew that he messed up a perfectly good film and , proved that remakes of classic films should be left alone. I am a
              big Tim Burton fan, but the remake of "Planet Of The Apes" is probably the worst film that he has done. The movie is on special edition DVD with many features such as a featurette and bonus scenes but it's a waste really, because the film and ending as a whole do not payoff. A waste indeed was a dvd released really necessary for one of the worst remakes of all time? No Was a remake at all necessary for one of the greatest sci and psychological films of all time? No

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                this was another film that i wanted to see on the big screen but never did but i am glad a buyed the dvd because its on of the best around in my view. director Tim Burton (sleepy hollow,batman) cast: Mark Wahlberg (perfect storm,three kings) Tim Roth (pulp fiction,reservoir dogs) Helena Bonham Carter (fight club,novocaine) Michael Clarke Duncan (scorpion king,green mile,armageddon,cats&dogs-voice) cert 12 time 1hr 55min released in summer 2001 this film was one of the big hits of that year and made $180m in usa and £16.8m in uk. Tim Burtons re-imagining of the 60's classics on dvd has to be one of the best dvd's ever with 2 disks packed with extras too many i think because i have not had time to watch them all. The Story Leo Davidson(wahlberg) is an astronaut who is involved in a project to train monkeys to fly in space craft and when his main monkey becomes lost in an anomaly he goes to try and get the monkey back. The anomaly is actually a gateway to a planet run by apes and after crashing on that planet he finds that humans are keeped in cages and treated worse than we treat animals in zoo's. So Leo has to go on a mission to help the humans of this world and free them from slavery. The director Tim Burton in my eyes did a great job of making this film look real with great locations and a good soundtrack that suits the film like a gloveand the way the apes manage to look real when they are just actors dressed up is amazing, it must have took forever to put on all the suits and make up. onm Leo's quest he gets the help of one of the apes Avi (carter) who is the daughter of the main leader and they go on a jorney to try to find the mothership of the monkey training center that is on the planet but little does Leo know it will not be much help. At the end of the film Leo finds out that he isd not just on another planet, he has travelle
                d in time and the mothership that followed him to rescue him ended up on the planet hundreds of years before leo did, I am not going to tell you all the plot because their are more twists and at the very end a big shock for Leo on earth. DVD extras Commentaries by tim burton and danny elfman cast and crew profiles eight making of featurettes: 1 HBO special 2 Siman academy 3 Face like a monkey 4 Ape coutour 5 On location in lake powel 6 Chimp symphone 7 Swining from trees 8 Stunt test 5 extended scenes screen tests multiangled featurette If you want to buy this DVD it normally costs £19.99 but a few months ago i got it for £9.99 from wh smith.

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                  Mark Wahlberg stars in this modernization of the classic movie (and series) Planet of the Apes. With 21st century special effects and an excellent cast could this latest version of the movie dwarf the success of the original? Would it have the same unique look and feel? My first impressions were that the production and direction of the movie were very good. The storyline developed slowly giving the audience a chance to settle down and become acquainted with the main character. This will help younger viewers understand just what is going on! As the suspense built and the main character (and his favorite ape) both disappeared into an electro-magnetic storm, my over-critical mind started working. Firstly, the end of the movie immediately jumped out at me – it is perhaps one of the most obvious twists I have seen in a movie for a long time. Secondly, and definitely over-critical of me, is the fact that it’s amazing how someone who is trained to be an astronaut can suddenly become a super-hero capable of organizing a rabble that has been fighting a forlorn battle for years, into a force to be reckoned with. That said, and accepting the flaws in the underlying reasoning of the concept of the movie, I began to watch what was an enjoyable movie. The story isn’t particularly complex; the afore mentioned astronaut crash lands on a planet in the future. Much to his dismay and disbelief, Apes rule this planet. A trader in Human slaves captures him, but with the help of a sympathetic Ape (played by the delectable Helen Bonham-Carter) and an old warrior Gorilla, he manages to escape and organize the release of all the slaves in town. They move towards a place which is somewhat like an Elephants graveyard – it is a sacred place and is forbidden to humans. Apparently it holds the secret of the creator of the Apes and it is also prophesized that the creator, called CMOS will return one day. As the party of hum
                  ans and Apes move towards their destination they manage to cleverly avoid capture many times in often thrilling, high action scenes that somehow highlight the strength and agility of the Apes, whiles showing the cunning and clever mid of a human. This contrast is cleverly shown throughout the movie. General Thade (Tim Roth), perhaps the most evil Ape on the planet and also a descendant of CMOS, takes personal interest in the ‘revolution’ and plans to destroy the Humans. He is perhaps the most fearsome of the Apes and controls the army, and also seemingly the senators. I found the ending to be very contrived; without trying to give away the ending, I find it hard to believe that a race that has such hatred can lose this hatred instantly on hearing about a religious deception – this really spoiled the movie for me as it was simply to easy. The added twist at the very end was also very obvious and lets the door open for at least one more movie in the series. The special effects were generally excellent; the futuristic opening scenes were well done and believable. The futuristic setting of the Planet of the Apes was very compelling and gave you a feel for the pre-technology, almost medieval feel of the planet. The costumes were excellent, although once in a while the mouths of the apes didn’t quite move correctly giving you the impression that you were watching a masked human and not an ape. Overall I did enjoy the movie although it is by no means a classic. The pace was just about right, and even though the ending disappointed, the general plot was OK. Mark Wahlberg was OK as our hunky hero – he didn’t really have to show much acting ability, as his general state was either angry, or depressed! Helen Bonham-Carter, the human sympathizer, performed admirably. She somehow managed to portray a love for all things living, but also gave a hint at forbidden love that may feature more in futu
                  re movies. The movie tries to comment on the way prejudice works in this world – although in this case it is more about animal rights it is sending a message about human rights. This message is too hidden though and perhaps will go unnoticed.

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                    The planet of the apes is based on the book by Pierre Bouille and is a remake of the film written by Paul Dehn. This film was released in 2001 and I had absolutely no interest in watching it. I can briefly remember seeing the classic original when I was younger but couldn't really remember too much about it apart from lots of talking apes. A lot of my friends went to see this and they all had mixed opinions and then one day a friend who has pretty much the same taste as me told me that this was a must see. My opinion completely differs. I find with most remakes that the film tends not to compare and this was no exception. The film stars some brilliant well known actors but this in no way makes the film more watch able. The film is set in 2029 and circulates around a human named Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) who works aboard a ship. Research in deep space shows a magnetic storm and they send out a chimp pilot to investigate. After a while Leo grows agitated and heads off after the chimp. Leo then gets caught up in the storm and crashes on what appears to be another planet. He soon discovers some humand but they appear quite tribal and less civilised to what he is used to. The more superior race on the planet or new world that he is in is of course apes as you may have already guessed. One of these apes, General Thade (Tim Roth) wants to wipe out humans from existance but now Leo as arrived and is driven by a huge amount of determination and courage which leads to a huge battle scene. On Leo's side is Ari a princess ape (Helena Bonam Carter) who is sypathetic towards humans and also some other humans. This is where the story begins to unravel and there are a few twists so I wont tell you about them as it may ruin it and to be honest I can't explain them because I was left well and truly baffled. The film gets off to a good start with a decent storyline but as it goes on it becomes a lot more boring, complex and confusing. By the end of the
                    film I was sat in the chair saying "What the hell was that on about?!" Some friends have commented that this could in fact have been an opening point for a sequel but to me an ending like that put me straight off the idea of there being a sequel. However I must give credit to the visual effects, the makeup and the costumes as these were all absolutely breathtaking. It was so brilliant how the actors really looked like apes. I believe that on the video (and probably the DVD edition) that there is a feature which shows you the make up process and its so time consuming but the results are amazing. The acting in the film was pretty average but Tim Roth did stand out. He was absolutely superb. The actors who played apes did do a good job and combined with the make up they were reasonably convincing. Mark Wahlberg's acting however was not something to rave about it was in fact distictly average. His reactions to certain situations was a little off to me but not so much to ruin what was left of a decent film. If it wasn't for the ending to the film I would say it was quite a decent film. The storyline was a bit weak but it was the ending that really let it down. I would recommend this film as the costumes and makeup is excellent and its not too bad. If you have seen the original then this is worth seeing as they are quite similar and there a some cameo appearences from Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison. Overall the film wasn't too bad but could be improved immensley if the end wasn't so damn confusing! Thanx for reading Jenni xx

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                      STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Estella Warren and Micheal Clarke Duncan..too mention the big names THE PLOT: This is director Tim Burton's attempt to see if he can capture some of the magic which turned his dar, brooding, stylish 1989 summer event movie version of BATMAN into such a triumph. He claimed that the spin of PLANET OF THE APES is neither a sequel to, nor a remake of the 1968 original, but a "re-imagining" apparently!! Quite what this means I really don't have a clue, because ultimately this is a pretty similar tale of an astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) from the future who goes through a timewarp, crash lands on a weird planet where horrible English-speaking apes rule over enslaved humans, and spends the rest of the film trying to escape their clutches. Oh, he also gets be-friended by a nice goodlooking lady ape (Helena Bonham Carter) and a comely young human girl (Estella Warren). WHAT'S RIGHT WITH IT?: The whole apes ruling humans thing is a nice concept which enables the film makers to pull off a few amusing jokes (old bloke ape has a wig, young female ape likes shopping etc), and the visuals, effects and make-up feats are just about as good as you would have expected from a film with this kind of budget. The one slight exception is Helena Bonham Carter's strangely unconvincing get-up which looks like a rubber ape mask from a novelty shop. But she's so good that after a while her character becomes the most rounded, likeable and, yes, human figure in the film. WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT?: The lack of any excitment, tension, imagination, plot intrigue and character developement. Burton's planet turns out to be a dry, drab and deeply unsexy place where nothing ever happens. For some mystifying reason he and his fellow script writers have sapped all the verve out of the usually likeable Wahlberg, and turned him into a somewhat empty shell of a man.
                      The vague attepmt to involve him in some kind of romantic triangle is so flimsy they might as well have not bothered, and the would-be shock ending just doesn't make any sense. LENGTH: 110 minutes VERDICT/SUMMARY: This was a big let-down, sorry to any big fans. Burton's creativity has been constained by trying to ensure it was a huge box office success that he's turned in the most drably conventional and uninvolving film of his career.

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                        Hollywood's newest golden rule: if you're going to remake something, remake something that was already bad but do it better (Oceans Eleven). Oops. Someone forgot to tell Tim Burton. Saying the Planet remake is bad is like beating up babies in prams, it's just too easy. I mean, where to start to define a movie of which the only true possible criticism is to use it for rifle practice? Tim Burton used to be an Indie God. Somewhere around Mars Attacks, something went horribly wrong. The urge to chuck buttered popcorn at the screen round about the point where an aped-up Charlton Heston (in one of the most nuts-wincing cameos in cinematic history) starts yelling the same lines he ended the first Apes movie with, like some kind of demented simian bit-actor grabbing his chance for glory, is almost too great to resist. Or what about the bordering-on-seriously-dodgy relationship between the astonishingly wooden Mark Wahlberg as a stranded astronaut and Helena Bonham-Carter, for God's sake? Are they serious? I nearly choked laughing when the blonde bit (sorry if that sounds sexist, but she's there for only one reason, and that's to look good wearing a fur bikini) looks all put out that Mark's getting tight with Ape-Helena. And the ending! Oh dear God, the ending! But first the plot. Er - yeah, the plot. First Mark takes off from some research station far out in space (WHY?!), then, oops, just like that, there's a space warp! Yeah, happens to me all the time. I know there's a certain willingness on the parts of audiences to suspend their disbelief sufficiently to accept that an alien culture speaks 20th Century American English (and even, in one scene, apes are seeing playing basketball), but this is taking it too far. In some ways, it could be read that Burton's remake is more a comment on the Hollywood process; that demands made on him by the people in charge of finances forced him to make a clearly absurd mov
                        ie. Something that couldn't possibly be taken seriously. All rationality, logic, reason, sanity and respect for the audience flees during the 'surprise ending' when Mark returns to Earth to find everyone's turned into apes. Respect yourself, and avoid this movie at all costs. These people do not deserve your money. Death to bad film!

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                        Apparently the press weren't kind to this film, but I have a high regard for the director Tim Burton and wanted to see for myself. Unfortunately this review starts off positive but the majority of it is damning. Music Danny Elfman provides a brilliant, evocative score. A triumph. The titles Loved the extending and diminishing horizontal and vertical lines of the titles, evoking the evolutionary extension and decline of fingers and toes (so I'm sitting there and ready for a treat - music, titles, bring it on, I thought) Production and costume design Pretty impressive though not inventive. If apes ruled the world (everyday would be the first day of spring) would they feel the need to conform to our notions of habitation? The planet felt like a human place of residence with apes living in it - a bit more thought needed here. Ditto the spaceship, a long cyclindrical pole with spiral arms jutting out but not quite meeting in front of it. It may be me, but you just know that you'll want to be at the extreme of one arm when stuck in the other and have to travel miles to get there - looks pretty but totally impractical. Otherwise, there seemed to be lots of nods to the original film - desert and beach lansdcapes in particular, though the massed ranks of simians is closer to the opening of Gladiator. Considerable effort has gone into the makeup but more on that later. Story A bit of the book, a bit of the original film and a bit of Burton To paraphrase it was both good and original but never both together. The 'shock' ending that Burton adds to mirror the close of the original is (and I won't reveal it here) the sort of idea the over-enthusiastic 2nd Assistant Supporting Director comes up with and nobody says anything but just give her a look of withering contempt. The grizzled old backwoodsman character (Kris Kristofferson), the wholly gratuitious women-who-seems-permanently-underdresse
                        d, the feisty-but-foolhardy youth, the honourable-member-of-the-opposing-side - they're all here. Hell, the film is like a convention for cliche roles, queueing up for five minutes of significant acting, so lets look at that now. Performances Mark Walhberg walks through the film as if in a daze - he's a solid actor in other films (Boogie Nights, Three Kings) but here he is without gorm, totally uncharismatic. As for Helena Bonham Carter, she may have gushed to the press at every available opportunity about the hours of make-up (which WOULD of course spare her from talking about how bad the film was) but she just dolls up the home counties accent, wears a oh-so-dishevelled wig and espouses sub-GCSE sociology nonsense the minute a simian so much as snorts at a human that the whole palaver is in vain. Likewise, one can imagine Tim Roth's direction from Burton - 'Ok Tim, just like the last scene, only angrier', 'More anger, Tim, I need that anger' 'Lets try some anger here' - one-dimensional acting at its best. The point There is no point. The original was not a strong as the book but it seemed to act as a metaphor for race war at the time of its release. The justification for this embarrassment is purely money. Tim Burton, if you're reading, you've damaged a great reputation. Your next film had better be good.

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                        Tim Burton's "re-imagining" of Planet of the Apes is about one thing above all else: monkey movement. But for most filmgoers, whether fans of the 1967 original or not, that’s simply not enough. Thematically the story of an outsider in a society that doesn't know what to do with him chimes in nicely with Burton's other work. As always with Burton, the focus is more on what's colourfully going on around the central character (Mark Wahlberg) than his own story. It all looks stunning, of course, as make-up, set design and costumes outdo the accomplishments of the original. But otherwise a direct comparison with the classic version simply shows up holes in the Burton approach. The breakneck pace at which the pared-down plot is told makes little sense of the material and misses all the satire and social comment potential. What sold the idea to Burton was the opportunity to goof around with apes as humans: as a result the background is constantly peppered with lame visual gags which fall as flat as the unnecessary homages to Charlton Heston, who pops up repeating lines of his own dialogue from the first movie. Slick, action-packed and ultimately nonsensical, this is the film that made a monkey of Tim Burton. On the DVD: balancing out the disappointing movie experience is an exceptional 13 hours of extra material. From the heavily CG-animated menus, you'll encounter some standard fare like libraries of promo material (posters, ads and trailers) and concept art. But they're enormous, as are the 26 cast and crew text profiles. If the THX optimiser tests don't convince you of the need for top equipment, there's DVD-ROM and NUON-enhanced player features as well. The "White Rabbit" Enhanced Viewing Mode for FX vignettes and four multi-angle featurettes on shooting scenes may seem a little dry, but the other features ranging from 10 to 30 minutes aren't. You'll find it hard picking a favourite between Rick Baker gushing over the lifetime dream of ape make-up, Michael Clarke Duncan playing to camera on location, or Danny Elfman at work on the scoring stage. Of the two commentaries Elfman’s is better by far, even if somewhat sporadic and clearly not recorded to picture. Burton's is typically fragmented, and is certainly not the place to discover what on earth the "shock-value-for-the-sake-of-it" ending means. --Paul Tonks