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Plot: It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee… Runtime: 119 min Release Date: 27 Jul 2001
Burton and the Apes--the commentary and documentaries were excellent! (by kiplinger1)
I just love movies that have director commentaries and this one certainly didn't disappoint. Apparently, Burton decided to do this commentary at the very last minute, and, have no doubt, the spontaneous accounts from the fevered mind of Tim Burton are something to behold. It truly gives you an idea of the intricacies that went into crafting each scene of this visual feast.Some highlights from the commentary include Burton talking about what it was like to work with real apes. He said, 'you get this weird vibe from having a relationship with apes. There's a definite connection <more>
between humans and apes but its weird, so primal, and so shocking.' Burton's comments reminded me of what Michael Aped, director of Gorilla's in the Mist, had said about working with apes. He said there were many times when he thought there was a real person staring at him and when he turned to see who it was, it had been an ape. He said the experience was eerie, yet fascinating.Burton also talked a lot about this idea of his version of Planet of the Apes being a circular thing. About everything coming back to the beginning or the middle or something. I couldn't quite understand fully what he was talking about, however, it reminded me of Joni Mitchell's Circle of Life song. Oh well,...a creative mind like Tim Burtons is not to be completely understood, only enjoyed.Anyway, the movie is great and Tim Burton's commentary makes the DVD spectacular.
It's not good as the original but still a fun ride! I read a lot of bad comments of this movie. A lot of people was expecting the plot like the original. What do you expect, it's a Tim Burton film! It has action, dark humor, some romance, drama, and so on. If you are going to see this film, don't expect it to be like the original. Expect it to be another great Tim Burton film. I had so much fun watching this film but it has some flaws. See it, but do not expect it to be just like the 1968 version. It would be better if there was a sequel. The ending was not as good as I thought it <more>
would be. If Tim made a sequel, then the ending would be explained better because it was confusing. So go ahead! See it!
I see that a good film of Tim Burton Sleepy Hollow is very excellent his work with his beautiful equips!!! I find that the film in 1967 to 1973 is much difference with today. I want to tell you my comments of culture, costume and decoration and actor and actress. For costumes and decoration, I find it's very beautiful decorations that he are like a real future if possible. They are very odd culture of the monkeys. They are good a color!!! I see the costumes are beautiful too!!! It's gone in film! For the actors and the actresses, Mark is cool. to play the perfect role of Leo. He is <more>
a good actor. For Tim Roth, it is played a good role of malicious!!! It's excel!!! For Helena, it is actress a little as in the film Club Fight. For Michael Clarke Duncan, it is the role of large gorilla!! It gives me fear. The others of the monkeys are differences the characters in the village. They are special culture. I believe that Burton is a good spirit! Congratulated!!!Finally, I'm talking about my comments of costumes and decoration and actors and actresses. I hope which the film is still a sequel film of planet of the apes in Washington D.C. with the director Tim Burton and the actor Mark.
Another example of why Burton and Roth are so good (by wolf_beautell)
"Planet Of The Apes" clearly has the "Tim Burton" seal on it, but unfortunately shows both imaginative and argumental development voids, which I blame not to bad directing, but to an irregular script, revised and changed thousands of times, due in part to the late entrance of Mr. Burton in the project. However, here I'm going to focus on the most positive points, rather than the negative ones.The Seal I talked before is present as in any of Burton's films. I mainly refer to the conception of the eccentric, delirious, out-of-this-world characters and to the <more>
Gothic-romantic, fantastic art direction this films radiates I don't have to mention previous examples, but Batman, Nightmare and Edward are and will remain in our minds . Danny Elfman gives again the best of himself with a dynamic, at times majestic score where percussion leads.The apes are incredible, they work, they really rock in the show. Not only for Rick Baker's make-up masterpiece which deserves not the nomination but the Academy Award NOW! , which gives them live and expression unlike 1968's sort of dummies, but because they are credible... and light years far more credible and even more human than the film's humans, except for Mr. Whalberg. The script said they had to talk this time.Can anybody tell me if they liked them? If they found their importance to their dialogues? And why Stella Warren hasn't been issued with the "manikin" label, as Jake Lloyd was in "Episode 1"? The native roles show no interest and slow the rhythm of the movie.Now, returning to the apes, I have to talk about the real showman:Tim Roth as Thade. Exceptional. Histrionic. Aggressive. Cool. Evil portrayed as an ape. As the Ape General, he gets so very deep into the role that you end up thinking Roth, after all his extense and peculiar filmography, has finally turned crazy and really believes he's a monkey free in the stage. He is of the very few actors, along with Gary Oldman, Edward Norton and De Niro, which I consider as chameleons:ready to face any kind of role, however obscure, violent or psychologically strong they are.About the rest, I'm definitely getting in love with Helena Bonham Carter another example of the ape's astonishing expressivity ,and Mark Whalberg is fine as always. I liked his role, in comparison with Heston's in 1968, because he is a pure survivor who wants to go home with his friends and family he just doesn't fit in that planet , while Charlton arrived there by accident and became a revolutionary hero. .To finish with, about the ending: perfect. I love it. And I love it because 1 It is different, it's of the few which make the viewer's imagination work, so anyone can figure out an explanation to the ending the way they want, 2 Its philosophy, the paradox it represents, which I'm not going to tell, and 3 It is extremely "Burtonesque"."Planet Of The Apes" reflects again the style of an excellent director, but shows his vulnerability in works he doesn't personally project remember the initial idea came from James Cameron , in which a studio, and not himself, determines most of the finished work. However, an entertaining film, recommended to any sci-fi lover. And an advice: read the original book by Pierre Boulle for another view of the story... Vote --- 8/10
Far, far better than most would have you believe (by NateWatchesCoolMovies)
I'm going to catch some heat for this, but I've found Tim Burton's Planet Of The Apes to be a far better film than any of the three recent versions. I can't explain it, but there's something so otherworldly and exotic about the production design, makeup and effects, a true storyteller's touch used, resulting in a piece with elements of fantasy and world building brought lushly to the forefront, whereas the newer films just felt somewhat clinical and sterile, going through minimalist motions without any real sense of wonder applied. Oh and another thing: real, tactile <more>
makeup on actual human actors, which will win against motion capture/cgi any day. There's also an old world, medieval feel to this planet, as the 'humans being subservient to apes' dynamic has already been in full swing for generations, as opposed to a lengthy origin story that takes up most of the newer trilogy. No build up here, just Marky Mark getting marooned on a distant world dominated by simians, fighting his way through their ranks, sort of falling in love with one Helena Bonham Carter as a monkey kinky and attempting to find a way back to earth. There's various apes of all shapes and sizes at war, the most memorable of which is a sleek, snarling Tim Roth as Thade, a volatile warlord who despises humans. Michael Clarke Duncan towers over everyone as Attar, his cohort and fellow soldier, and seeing already be-jowelled Paul Giamatti as a cumbersome orangutan is priceless. The human faction is led by weathered Kris Kristofferson and his daughter Estella Warren, quite possibly the most beautiful girl on the planet , leading the dregs of humanity as they exist in hiding and fight for their lives. No expense was spared in filling every frame of this planet with lived-in splendour and atmospheric decoration, from suits of armour and architecture to the overgrown thickets of mountainous vegetation that grow on this world. As for the apes themselves, it's terrific how real they feel. It's the same thing that happened with Lord Of The Rings vs. The Hobbit, and the switch from practical Orc effects to the overblown cgi madness of the goblins in the later films. The human eye is inherently adept at deciphering what is real and what is not, and the effects of the later Ape films with Andy Serkis just felt lifeless and orchestrated, whereas here the makeup prosthetics are organic, authentic and wonderful to look at. Don't even get me started on the ending either, it's completely brilliant and will leaving you in cold isolation as the credits roll, a perfect gut punch to a film that could have easily turned sappy in the eleventh hour. So that's my two cents. Bring on the backlash.
With all of the bungling, protracted, witless summer movie sequels invading theatres, you've gotta wonder when Hollywood's going to stop monkeying around. (by chrisbrown6453)
Ah, Planet of the Apes. Sniff it all you want; it smells enough like a case of the remake to fall in line with this summer's sequel monotony, but upon closer inspection, it's clear that this is a chimp of a decidedly different breed.Director Tim Burton reinvents the aesthetic and tonal gestalt of the 1968 classic without ditching the original's thematic underpinnings, creating a world that is both visually fascinating and painstakingly complete. When Air Force pilot Leo Davidson, Mark Walberg , leaves his space station in search of a test chimp deployed to survey a magnetic <more>
storm, things go awry, leading to a crash-landing on a planet where humans are enslaved by a breed of apes that are uniquely advanced, cognizant and cultured. But their refinement is little more than a thin veneer hiding their aggressive animal drives, which can lead them to the brutal treatment of their captured humans. Leo, who isn't acclimated to the Apes' tyranny, revolts against them and becomes a heroic figure and leader to the enslaved humans who know little else than the servitude and submission they have faced since birth. Helena Bonham Carter you know, from Fight Club plays Ari, an ape with compassion towards humans, while Tim Roth brilliantly portrays Thade, a snarling, aggressive really pretty damn scary ape general, who wishes to see his planet cured of humans, and his fellow apes cured of their human-derivative tendencies.Under the façade of a fast-paced sci-fi/action blockbuster lays an entirely different animal. On the most primitive level, Apes is gargantuan, pounding its fists with energy and a capacity to amaze that makes this film monumentally entertaining. But like the skillfully crafted latex ape masks through which the actors' subtle, universal, seasoned human facial expressions are transmitted, Apes breathes life of its own beneath the glaze of action. Burton paints a textured portrayal of man's struggle against subjugation, with settings and characters that are unearthly, yet dually dark, gritty and present. The director ditched the early-proposed ideas of digitally animated apes or live apes with computer-generated mouths, enlisting A-list actors instead to give each ape a uniquely human core.Perhaps the real feat here is that Burton was able to make these apes so utterly creepy and animalistic much more so than their original counterparts yet still found a way to maintain their human characteristics. Roth and Bonham Carter learned an entire behavioral language for their roles, complete with loping, off-kilter strides and dexterous, long-armed gesticulations. It takes a while to get a grasp of the full complexity of their movements, but once the language is understood, you quickly see how the ape dispositions intensify the actors' capacity for human emotional expression.Other apes include Limbo, a pandering human-slave dealer played by Paul Giamatti, and Attar, Thade's loyal silverback, played by Michael Clarke Duncan who incidentally, is perhaps the only Ape actor that sounds as though he's using his normal voice . Charleton Heston makes a cameo, donning full ape regalia to play Thade's dying father, and Lisa Marie Pressley appears briefly as a snooty socialite chimp.On the human side, two words: Estella Warren. She says close to nothing perhaps a throwback to the mute humans in the original, perhaps not . With a character that grows envious of the affection formed between Walberg and Bonham Carter yes, a man and a chimp Warren is left to primarily convey her dissatisfaction through looks and body language. And looks plus body are a definite can-do on Warren's checklist. Things seems a little exploitative at times; her garb is close to non-existent, and the camera, perhaps a bit too kind, but Warren certainly helps heighten the degree to which this film is visually fascinating. Unfortunately, it isn't all bananas and cream pie. The Apes script incorporates a few narrative devices that are just too convenient, such as the illogically timed event that causes the wrap-up to the climatic battle scene. Although the majority of dialogue in the film runs smoothly, certain characters take for instance, the shifty-eyed comic relief, Limbo are developed in a stagnant and predictable way. Walberg's pre-battle scene speech, despite its relative brevity, is still a little laughable. The re-vamped surprise ending is creatively done, carrying certain light-heartedness to it, but the film leaves things too easily opened ended. However, with a sequel planned 'open-ended' is something that was planned. Ultimately, Burton's overall design is so meticulous and aesthetically comprehensive and his ape characters, so believable and culturally complete that you can't help but be lured into his stunning visual world, which seems if not only momentarily to take precedence over other concerns. You haven't seen anything quite like this. The film may have aped the original, but it stands on its own two feet.
Fun, cool bit of light entertainment. (by EvilBaldDude)
Don't expect high drama or Shakespearean quality dialog. There's lots of good action sequences, great special effects, and some nifty science fiction geek concepts even if the pseudo science is a bit inconsistent .The story isn't bad, has a couple of interesting twists on the original.Any movie that features humans + animals tugs the heart strings a little too.My only problem is that it really calls out for a sequel.My advice: don't take it too seriously and you might quite enjoy it.
Good action sci-fi if not compared to original (by spoken)
This refers to the TV version in a 2.5 hr slot, so I may have missed some scenes.If you want a faithful updating of the original you'll be disappointed. On its own, however, this is a pretty good sci-fi action film complete with a little character development for those who need that .In my opinion this movie did parallel the original in terms of certain basic plot points sorry, no spoilers , but I think the parallels can get lost in the translation/interpretation.What I didn't like was that I had to be prepared for the ending by those who had the DVD commentary; we're supposed <more>
to leave the movie in a state of "Huh?", and we're supposed to assume a certain event took place which is just barely eluded to at the very end.Besides being rude, this may or may not set things up for a sequel. The original movies managed to create a final "setting-up" for a perfect cycling in time. Maybe we didn't get a perfect happy ending, but we left satisfied about the reasons behind the first movie's social setting.I believe that a sequel has to be made to explain *clearly* why the movie ended as it did. I think there's too much arrogance behind the current ending; someone is ignoring the population of viewers who aren't well versed in sci-fi versions of warps, portals, etc.Hint: When Thade finds himself in what looks like a control room pay attention to what he sees. And remember that he's no idiot. That may help at the end.And enjoy the movie for itself; try not to compare it to the original
A visually spectacular action movie. (by Shopaholic35)
Personally I love this movie and cannot understand why so many other people disliked it. I respect the original for what it was but this version directed by Tim Burton is visually spectacular and exceeds expectations.Nobody creates a fanciful world like Burton can and there is no better duo than Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. The costumes for the apes are incredible with intricate details that look very realistic. The sheer enormity of the sets makes you realise how much energy and passion went into creating this film.I love all the action, and the special effects still seem remarkable <more>
even after more than 10 years has past. Sometimes people can't move past the original but if you have never seen the 1968 version then I think you will enjoy this movie. Also it is perfect to watch again now that the new planet of the apes movie series has started to be released.