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Planets of the apes
on 19 August 2017
This film seems to be one of those films that leave people divided. When you remake any classic, you will always have a section of the fan base 100% adverse to it, regardless of quality, so it is no surprise that this suffers from the same problem. But even if you take out those blinkered fans, it still has probably an equal amount of love and hate.
One of the main problems this film suffered was studio interference. They set out a release date before the film had even started production and refused to budge, meaning these constraints lead to the film being somewhat rushed. The budget was also hampered somewhat (the ending scene would have involved apes playing baseball in a stadium on Earth).
There are ups and downs, for sure as some of the acting of the ape actors leaves a lot to be desired. But the actual make up and effects are fantastic.
One of the things I do not get though is why so many people are confused about the ending. The minute they find the wreck of the Oberon we are told that Wahlbergs character was thrown forward in time by thousands of years due to the magnetic storm (and of course the chimp arriving after Wahlberg is more proof of this), so when he returns to Earth you pretty much know it is going to be in the future, and if apes evolved on one planet, why can they not evolve on another? The ape planet showed all the same traits as Earth as far as human dominance and technology, so being subjugated by the evolution of apes is obviously something that could happen on any parallel planet. Especially when you consider the apes originated from Earth anyway.