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Some great moments but overall, a huge disappointment!
on 22 September 2012
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!