The second--and most horrifying--of the five Planet of the Apes
movies, this film goes where few end-of-the-world movies ever dare tread. It's the far future. The mass of humanity has descended into speechless savagery, kept as captive animals by the talking apes who have inherited the world. Two astronauts from our time have landed here, retracing the path of their lost comrade, Captain Taylor (Charlton Heston). Unfortunately, they've landed in the middle of a grim situation. Warlike gorillas are preparing to eliminate the last shards of shattered human civilization, a degenerate, subterranean cult worshipping the greatest of all human achievements--the cobalt bomb. As well as rescuing Taylor, the two men have to stop the gorillas from wiping out humanity ... and stop humanity from fulfilling their self-appointed, self-destructive destiny. This is both thrill-a-minute science fiction and a surprisingly deep reflection on the human condition. Plus, it's got lots of guys in really keen ape suits. --Grant Balfour
In this sequel to 'Planet of the Apes', astronaut Brent (James Franciscus) is on a special mission to rescue George Taylor (Charlton Heston). Teaming up with Taylor's mute former comapnion, Nova (Linda Harrison), Brent travels to the ape village where he was imprisoned. After meeting Dr Zira (Kim Hunter), Brent learns that Taylor was last seen in the Forbidden Zone. He sets off in pursuit, and discovers that his colleague has been taken prisoner by an underground society of telepathic mutant humans who worship an atomic warhead. Meanwhile, Dr Zaius (Maurice Evans) has joined a gorilla expedition to investigate the strange goings on in the Zone. Followed by 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes'.