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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the bad press, this is a fun film
I've read a lot of the reviews for this film and I'm surprised at the lack of positive comments. This is a fun film, and in my opinion much better than the more recent takes on the film. Yes it's true that this is nothing like the originals, but that is no bad thing. The story is actually quite engaging, the scenery, effects and makeup are totally abzorbing. It has an...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Lacklustre Reboot
Planet of the Apes [DVD - 2001].

DVD Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital
Number of discs: 2
Classification: 12
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time: 115 minutes

Box Office.
Budget: $100...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the bad press, this is a fun film, 13 Aug. 2014
I've read a lot of the reviews for this film and I'm surprised at the lack of positive comments. This is a fun film, and in my opinion much better than the more recent takes on the film. Yes it's true that this is nothing like the originals, but that is no bad thing. The story is actually quite engaging, the scenery, effects and makeup are totally abzorbing. It has an interesting plot twist. The mor erecent versions have focussed on how apes developed intelligence on earth, but this one is far more interesting in that it puts the humans at the mercy of the apes in a world governed by apes, so you get some amazing scenery, props and costumes. True it doesn't particularly develop the human characters or the emotive aspects, but the ape characters are developed well. The plot, as with a lot of modern films, is a bit limited but is at least engaging enough to keep you on your toes. I personally love the mixture of sci-fi / space elements and the ape world. The actors so a great job of acting 'ape-like', although the human characters do suffer a little, but let's face it the focus of the film isn't particularly on the humans. Tons of DVD extras! Not a masterpiece, but certainly not a flop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad film - if you overlook Mark Wahlberg's performance, 4 Jan. 2004
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N. Oliver ""pinky"" (barnstaple, devon) - See all my reviews
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The 're-make' of the excellent original was never going to be a good idea with die hard fans - but having seen both, I have to say its not really that bad.
An astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) crash lands on a strange planet and is surprised to find that it is the humans who are the endangered species, whilst the primates are the dominant ones. After being captured and imprisoned, he escapes with the help of some other humans and a sympathetic ape named Ari (Helena Bonham Carter). Together they try and find his friends - unfortunately they find something else instead.....
All the basic elements from the original are there, but taken a little more to the extreme by Tim Burton (Batman fame). Tim Roth gives an excellent perfomance as the deranged General Thade, whose family is believed to be descended from the first apes of this strange planet.
If you can put the original out of your mind for a few hours, and overlook Mark Wahlberg's wooden performance, then you will probably enjoy this slice of fantasy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Lacklustre Reboot, 5 Dec. 2014
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Planet of the Apes [DVD - 2001].

DVD Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital
Number of discs: 2
Classification: 12
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time: 115 minutes

Box Office.
Budget: $100 million
Box office: $362,211,740

Cast.
Mark Wahlberg as Capt. Leo Davidson
Tim Roth as General Thade
Helena Bonham Carter as Ari
Michael Clarke Duncan as Colonel Attar
Paul Giamatti as Limbo
Estella Warren as Daena
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Gen. Krull
Kris Kristofferson as Karubi

Cameo.
Charlton Heston (uncredited) as Zaius
Linda Harrison - Woman in the cart.

Trivia.
1)In order to star in the film, Tim Roth declined the role of Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (2001).
2)Mark Wahlberg joined the film after meeting with Tim Burton for only five minutes. He was so anxious to work with the director that he agreed to play any part. He refused to wear a loincloth like Charlton Heston did in Planet of the Apes (1968) because he did not want to remind audiences of his underwear modeling.
3)Charlton Heston & Linda Harrison are the only actors to appear in both this film & Planet of the Apes (1968).
4)Michael Clarke Duncan had sprained his ankle during filming & was forced to go to the hospital in his full gorilla makeup.
5)Johnny Depp did make-up tests for an unspecified role.
6)Gary Oldman was considered for the role of General Thade, which went to Tim Roth, Oldman would later play Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
7)The cast signed for a sequel that would explain the final scene in Washington but it was canceled after the film's poor reception by critics.

What's The Story.
The year is 2029, & Capt. Leo Davidson is aboard a spaceship trying to teach apes how to become space pilots.

During a routine reconnaissance mission outside the mothership, Leo is sucked into a space-time hole & minutes later makes a crash landing on a strange planet where humans are subjugated by talking apes.

Just as a quick death at the hands of the violent ape leader General Thade seems inevitable, Leo is rescued by the ape scientist Ari.

Ari suspects mankind has more skills than the sacred documents of the apes describe & soon the race is on to outwit Thade & discover the true history of the planet & its original population.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a awful re-imagining of the original 1968 classic & even more shocking is that it's directed by Tim Burton who seemed the perfect visionary choice to direct this movie which should've been right up Burton's street.

Tim Burton's direction is lacklustre & unimaginative & doesn't create any atmosphere or bring the film to life & the poor script written by William Broyles Jr, Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal is dull, lifeless & plain boring that contains terribly written dialogue with a silly ending that is shockingly abysmal in that it makes no sense whatsoever, it's as if it's awaiting the sequel to explain what's happened but because this film was quite rightly savaged by critics & cinemagoers alike it was quickly abandoned.

The only few good things about movie is the ape make up which is excellent, while Tim Roth gives an outstandingly good performance as the evil General Thade who completely steals the whole film from under Mark Walhberg who has no acting charisma whatsoever as the films lead Captain Leo Davison.

Supporting character's are a mixed bag as Kris Kristofferson does very little in his role as Karubi yet actress Helena Bonham Carter as Ari does inject a certain likeable quirkiness & adds genuine emotion into her character, the late Michael Clarke Duncan at least has the right sounding voice does a good enough job as Colonel Attar, Paul Giamatti however is completely 'OTT' as Limbo who's character quickly becomes very irritating & got on my nerves & finally model Estella Warren is simply there as eye candy for the lads & unfortunately has very limited acting range as Daena.

The action sequences are dull & uninteresting & the entire movie contains no drama, suspense or tension & never seems to get out of first gear & I couldn't feel any emotional connection to care about the fate of these characters, it's as is your waiting for something amazing to happen which sadly never does as the pacing of the entire movie is tediously slow.

Thankfully the recent new Rise & Dawn - Planet Of The Apes movies have rebooted this franchise for the better & deserve there critical acclaim, this 2001 re-imagining however is horrendously dull & a complete waste of time & of Tim Burtons talents in directing & is best avoided & forgotten about.

Timelord Rating.
3/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great moments but overall, a huge disappointment!, 22 Sept. 2012
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K. J. Greenland "kevinthegerbil" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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There was such a hype about this film coming out but overall it's a stereotypical Tim Burton film; great looking but that's about it!

There are many great things about this film; the actors that play the apes are superb, most notably Tim Roth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti and Charlton Heston who all give superb and memorable performances, while the ape make-up is outstanding. Burton should be very proud of those little scenes showing ape life.

Unfortunately the film fails because of an average story and the utter miscasting of the human characters.

It starts well enough; a space station, a lost chimp in space and it's failed rescue by Mark Wahlberg leading to his capture on an ape planet. It all goes boringly wrong from there and ends purely with an escape, chase and battle with a couple of twists at the end which fail to save the film.

Much worse is the miscasting of the human characters. Mark Wahlberg is wholly unsuitable for such a lead role; he is now a selfish astronaut from da Chicago hood! You have no sympathy for him or the indigenous humans on the planet lead by Kris Kristofferson and Estella Warren who give no screen presence whatsoever.

The storyline should have had more turns, while Burton should have developed the human characters more and took more time to cast them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars American rednecks in space, 27 May 2012
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Prof TBun (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Planet of the Apes [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I think I prefer the idea of apes taking over, than having American imperialists charging around the universe blasting their weapons at anything that moves.

The ape costumes have been praised, but they were too boutique chic for my liking. Also no creative thought at all seems to have gone into costuming the humans.

All the emotion of Pierre Boulle's novel, is absent in this film. All that is left is pointless violence.

The film ends by showing that the apes have recreated the ultimate symbol of American hypocrisy. The sillyness of it is emphasised even more by the ape in the statue wearing human clothes.

Just in case you think that the action scenes might be worth a look, they are not. They are not visually spectacular, nor is there any real drama in them.

The director Tim Burton disliked the film so much he said he would rather throw himself out of a window than make a sequel, but I think that Charlton Heston's character best summed up what I think of the production.

"Damn them, damn them all"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is there a soul in there?, 5 Jun. 2011
This is so bad and it should have been so good of course. A genius film based on a no doubt genius novel remade by a genius director. What could go wrong? Everything it seems in the case of this film bar the spectacular makeup.

I have just recently watched the original film after a long time and I am astounded by the massive difference in quality between these movies. It just goes to show that chucking money at a film does not do the business and that true artistic achievement does not need wads of cash. I recall at the time of release Burton said this was not a remake but a re-imagining. Too right it isn't. But then you have to ask if the original concepts apart from talking apes have been ditched what is the point if the re-imagined film has nothing profound or new to say?

Casting wise it seems that some poor choices were made. Walhberg barely looks like he cares about anything that happens in the film. Also I cannot understand why Tim Burton has to have Helena Bonham Carter in everything he makes nowadays? Okay they are married but it that an excuse when she doesn't fit the role? As for the actors who play the humans who have been reduced to slaves and things of sport by the apes, their collective performance is very poor. Saying that they are not exactly given much to work with. Spunky Tim Roth gives Planet of the Apes a bit of much needed credibility as there are no signs of Burton's flair for extravagance and dark comedy. Well sort of. He's a great actor and has a lot of presence which comes through strongly in this. Due to the fact that the plot is weak, and the script being a bit shoddy, his acting ability is totally wasted. The inclusion of Heston adds a bit of spice to the movie but he is only in a few minutes and is made to deliver what comes across as cringe worthy dialogue, "Damn them. Damn them all to hell."

The film starts off well enough with a tender moment between a chimp and Walhberg but there is none of the philosophical musings that the original film offers. Things deteriorate soon after Mark Walhberg's character crashes from space onto a planet. The effects are not good nor are the costumes. It all looks a bit cheap really, far too fake. That does not apply to the makeup which stands out immediately as the viewer is rewarded with the sight of apes during the hunt scene lifted from the original classic film. The artists involved in turning much of the cast into another species certainly earned their wages - it's a remarkable effort.

The problem with the film is that it has none of the subtlety of the original, it fails to make you care about the characters whether heroes or not and it doesn't work as a piece against animal cruelty or the havoc humans always wreak. Walhberg's character doesn't appear to have any respect or understanding of what his new environment is trying to teach him about human nature, he merely wants to leave and get back to his own reality which is depicted as what I think is meant to be a typical American barbeque complete with squealing blonds and loud mouth jokers. The relationships between the characters also feels forced. There is zero chemistry between Walhberg and Bonham Carter or between Daena (Warren) and Leo Davidson (Walhberg). The original film makes it very clear that Zira is very much into "Bright Eyes" whereas this version doesn't develop these ideas and makes the tie between Ari and Leo more romantic than anything else.

I cannot comment on the soundtrack as it is such an ordeal to sit through this movie without dropping off that I didn't really notice the score used.

This is basically a below average action film completely divorced from the intelligence and depth of the 1968 version. Gone are the questions on what it means to be human and all that is left is a few punch ups, a bit of running around as well as a silly ending. Kudos to Rick Baker for creating the stunning looking apes but that's about the only positive there is.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A film acted through the medium of teeth., 13 Jan. 2008
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I am a bit of a Planet of the Apes fan and looked forward to seeing this film. I always knew that it was a re-imagining of the original film/Pierre Buelle novel.

This had a lot to live up to - the original film has the famous 'statue of liberty scene' - a twist that impressed Buelle so much that he wished he'd thought of it for his book. The Original film itself deviated from the novel quite a bit, so it would be unfair to knock this new film for doing the same thing, but....

...Some aspects of the film stand out as pretty poor. The make-up for the Apes is amazing - truly excellent - but Bonham Carter looks more like a foxy human than a God damn dirty ape! This was obviously done so that we sense the cross-species sexual tension between her and Leo.

The wild savage humans all have gleaming pearly white teeth and look as thought they've walked straight from the catwalk. Actually, this film is acted by teeth - those who have beyond perfect ultra-white dentalwork are the 'goodies' (this applies for both apes and humans)- and the jagged half rotten mouths belong to the baddies.

And they all speak perfect English - so if they are so articulate, then why haven't they managed to set up their own uprising?

My main gripe with this film however is that it contains too many modern cultural references. In order to show how the Apes have replaced the 'top dog' role of man, they are shown to be living in a society which mirrors ours - one even comes out with an Oscar Wilde quote. They refer to human rights protesters in the same way that they are referred to in our press.

So - in a nutshell: This is a remake which has managed to outdo all the production values of the previous 'Apes' films, but ended up with a film which feels like it was made for a straight-to-TV release. It's just too obvious, contains to many coincidences (the seemingly only thing to remain from the old days of man is Leo's lab which is fully operational thousands of years later), it captures nothing. We all make mistakes, and this one was was Tim Burton's. There was no reason to remake what was (and is) a classic film. This film can be summed up in one word - "Why?".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Not-Awful-But-May-Have-been-Better, 14 July 2014
Adhering closer to the original novel over the 60s classic, Tim Burton delivers this 2001 take on the story of a stranded astronaut on a planet where apes have taken control and dominate humankind. However, instead of a slow burn sci-fi drama, we get more of a sweeping sci-fi epic with large battles, vast landscapes and plenty of pyrotechnics.

While it may lack the high concepts of the original, Burton's re-imagining still offers a decent thrill ride, thanks to a strong supporting cast, including a scene stealing team of Roth and Clarke-Duncan as the Ape Military leaders, as well as some great set designs and makeup effects that create a genuine society and race of apes, and all this is topped by a tense, enthralling score from Danny Elfman that does channel Jerry Goldsmith at points. On a technical level, it fires on all cylinders.

However, there is no getting around the bland lead in a still budding Wahlberg, the off-wire work that makes the apes fly instead of jump, and a conceptually intriguing yet poorly presented ending twist. It very much leans towards alternative universe theory over the nonsensical time travel theory that's been bandied around the internet (in fact, it actually makes more sense now in a post-'Fringe' world, where that concept has become more mainstream). However, the problem is the film never properly explains the time travels mechanics, so it's never communicated properly. Had this and the sometimes expositional dialogue been tightened, this film would've been held in higher regard, as the ingredients are here for a great picture.

For a more ambitious film, seek the 60s version. For a more modern and socially relevant take, seek Rise and Dawn. However, Burton's version is still a novel curio with its own qualities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film. Bad ending., 24 Oct. 2013
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Albatross "Never argue with idiots" (Suburbia) - See all my reviews
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Okay, if you don't know... the original Planet of the Apes movie was hailed as a classic. Despite being basically a B-movie with a load of men in rubber masks, it had a unique ending which will be remembered throughout cinema history (if you don't know what it is, then I won't spoil it by telling you). Therefore, now we have the remake (or `re-envisioning' as the film-makers like to call it), it had two choices: either copy the original ending and leave everyone saying they ripped off the first, or try to match it for shock value.

I don't think they would have won doing either. They tried `shock value' and failed.

However, if you ignore that, Planet of the Apes (the remake) isn't actually a bad movie. If you like sci-fi (and can forgive the blasphemy of remaking such a classic) you should at least enjoy the make-up - which is awesome for creating new and varied races of apes.

Not counting the ending, there are other negatives, too. There are more human characters, most of which don't get the screen time they deserve to be fully developed (and any fans of Kris Kristophen will feel short-changes as his addition is basically an extended cameo). Plus the action isn't that action-packed (but then Tim Burton is hardly an `action director').

However, despite the negatives, it's still not a bad movie. It'll never be the classic that the original was and it was a disappointment at the box office (meaning the ending will never get the explanation it deserved). Don't expect too much and enjoy the grisly performance of Tim Roth as the evil ape leader and not being able to recognise Helena Bonham Carter in her make-up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monkey say, Human do, 8 July 2002
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Damian (Blackpool, Lancashire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This has all the traits of a Burton film, (atmospheric & colouful, the anti-hero and quirky love story) but this movie has no real emotional engagement and that is ultimately it's downfall.
The outstanding make-up and wardrobe aside this film lack real plot appearing rushed and rather thin.
It is very apparent that Burton loves the interaction between the apes & these scenes work well, unfortunately the human characters are underdeveloped which causes difficulty in empathising with their plight. The Wahlberg, Warren, Bonham-Carter love triangle particularly suffers, you don't really care who he picks or who is rejected.
Bonham-Carter obviously has fun with her character delivering a tender performance. This cannot be said for Wahlberg however who is upstaged in every scene although he is not helped by poor dialogue for a lead actor.
Roth plays a genuinely psychotic Thade, while comic relief is served well by Giamatti's Limbo.
The battle sequences are spectacular & the CGI does not overwhelm any scene, sadly it all goes very flat as the big climax fails to materialise and the plot twist although impressive is not a patch on the original.
Burton touches on social issues, animal welfare etc... but skirts around them as he mostly plays for laughs.
It appears that he isnodding to "The 10 Commandments" throughout the film with the Humans (Hebrew slaves) escaping Thade (Death) crossing the River (Red sea) to the promised land.
Remember Moses (Semos) Charlton Heston does makes an appearance.
Overall a good actioner but you won't be gripped.
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