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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes 1970

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(25) IMDb 6.1/10
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Fleeing from the ape military and searching for clues to the disappearance of Taylor in the "Forbidden Zone" leads Nova and John Brent to the shocking discovery of man's ultimate folly beneath the Ape planet.

Starring:
James Franciscus,Kim Hunter
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Ted Post
Starring James Franciscus, Kim Hunter
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Armer VINE VOICE on 1 April 2011
Format: DVD
Spoilers!

There's no denying that 'Beneath' is a worthy - if slightly repetitive - sequel to the classic original. Kicking off immediately after the ending of 'Planet' - it would be an interesting experiment to edit the two films together as one and see what the result would be - 'Beneath' follows the arrival of Astronaut Brent, sent on a rescue mission to find Taylor and discovering the same 'mad house' world Taylor was subjected to in the original. So far, so familiar. And then 'Beneath' takes an interesting turn as the humanoid Mutant population - now a sect of religious maniacs worshipping an A-Bomb - come under threat from both the arrival of Taylor and Brent and also the advancing ape army, hell bent on a genocidal mission to eradicate humanity from the face of the earth.

The relentless, almost epic, amount of pessimism and flat out nihilism in 'Beneath' is extraordinary. Considering it was a sequel to a hit family fantasy film, the message in 'Beneath' is so bleak that it's amazing that the film got made at all. The negative vibe of the film, and the fact that it ends with a world killing catastrophe (Chuck Heston knows how to kill a franchise!) is something you would never see in a Hollywood film today. Especially a family fantasy such as this. The swipes at war-mongering, brutality, fascism, flower power, religion and - hell - all sentient life in general, makes 'Beneath' a relentless experience. And it's brilliant because of it.

It loses a star because what it has in defiant nihilism, it lacks in character development. Brent is just a faceless everyman with no history, back story or character journey. Like everybody in 'Beneath' he is simply there to struggle and die.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Roddy McDowall was unable to appear in this film as he had commitments elsewhere, you'd think this would have affected the film but with Cornelius only playing a minor role in the film, it doesn't take away from it. Although you can't help but think that Cornelius would've played a bigger part in the film if Roddy had been the man behind the mask.

The film starts by using the famous scene from the first film (undoubtedly one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history) complete with "damn them all to hell" quote. So this film takes place directly after the first one...

...The film is good, but it isn't great. Charlton Heston was only interested in appearing briefly in the film, so a second astronaut (and short-lived third) appears to play a near identical role (Brent) - infact, if you squint - they uncannily similar! You can understand how Zira confuses him for Heston's Taylor.

After a while this turns into an all-out sci-fi fantasy film, complete with mutant humans with superior technology, telepathy, and a massive golden nuclear bomb. It's at this point you start to think that the film has left it's orbit and is hurtling towards something ambitious but pretty implausible. The far-outness doesn't quite spoil the established future from the first film though. The moralistic altruism of Taylor and Brent bring the film to an apocalyptic close - making the chance of another `...Apes' film seem impossible, but thankfully, as we all know, there was a fantastic 3rd film to come as the film franchise continued.

So in a nutshell: This isn't the strongest Planet of The Apes film, but it isn't a poor film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2008
Format: DVD
The second film in the Planet of the Apes series is a reasonable sequel, but really lacking most of the originals zest and panache. Charlton Heston briefly reprises his role as Taylor, and in fact the opening to the film, is a reprise of the ending of the original, which is the best bit of the film. Heston reappears in the last 15 mins as well.

With the surprise element lost (because of the ending of the first film), the sequel is mostly formulaic and limited to occasional good scenes. But none have the impact of Hestons first words to the Apes, or the impact of finding the Statue of Liberty on the beach in the original film.

The special effects retain the same high standards as the first film for the apes, but the matt paintings used in the underground scenes now look obvious and dated. Brent as played by James Franciscus is effectively a Charlton Heston/Taylor look-a-like except he doesn't have the screen prescence that Heston brought to the Taylor role.

So overall this is a decent film. Its a lot better than some of the later sequels, but not a patch on the original. Buy if cheap, or get it in the boxed set of 'Ape' films if the price is right.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim from Leeds on 19 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
Sheer magic. The previous film left with astronaut Taylor hunched in despair in front of the statue of liberty...feeling more lost and alone than ever. This film kicks off from this moment as Taylor and Nova head deeper into the Forbidden Zone...and come across a race of crazed and mutated humans who live beneath the ruins of New York and worship a Doomsday bomb.
Meanwhile, astronaut Brent also crash lands on the planet on a mission to rescue Taylor, but ends up in a similar pickle to Taylor in the previous film - alone and stranded and pursued by the apes.
Having learnt of the potential threat from the mutants, the apes (led by General Ursus and Zauis) send an army into the Forbidden Zone. Apes, mutants and astronauts all battle it out before the Doomsday bomb - the holy weapon - in a stunning climax!
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