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A fairly decent remake of a classic,
This review is from: Planet Of The Apes [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Mark Wahlberg stars in this 2001 remake of the 1968 classic `Planet of the Apes'. This version is directed by Tim Burton and also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tim Roth and Paul Giomatti. The story is about a flight captain who goes through an electrical storm in space and crash-lands on a planet that is dominated by extremely evolved and intelligent apes who treat humans as slaves and pets.
The film isn't nowhere near the quality of the original but it is still a very fun, action-packed blockbuster that is something different from the usual, dark movies from Burton. The thing I liked the most about this was the makeup and special effects that were very impressive and looked like it was actual talking apes as the actors. There's a little too much CGI near the beginning of the movie but once Wahlberg lands on the planet this is toned down a bit and is replaced (not completely) by more stunts and some large-scale battle sequences. This kind of film with great special effects and some breathtaking landscapes is usually perfect for Blu Ray but isn't the best picture quality I've seen as on some of the darker scenes the picture can be a little grainy. Otherwise in the lighter scenes, the picture quality is pretty impressive.
Overall this isn't the classic it could have been, but then remakes never are, but it is still definitely worth a watch if you enjoy action and sci-fi films. In my opinion it's not worth the full Blu Ray price as the picture probably isn't that much better than on an upscaled DVD version.