Not the best but not bad either,
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This review is from: Beneath The Planet Of The Apes [DVD] (DVD)
This is the second film in the Planet of the Apes series. To get it out of the way I'll start with the negatives - This film is nowhere near the class of the original, some of the "special" effects aren't all that special and the new central character Brent (played by James Franciscus) is merely a Taylor/Charlton Heston clone from the first film.
There is however much to like about this flick and is a decent enough way to spend 90 minutes. The opening scenes ape (pun painfully intended) the closing moments of the original film, we get to see the fantastic final reveal on the beach all over again. We then follow Taylor and Nova as they head off into the forbidden zone before Taylor strangely disappears. The focus switches to Brent another US astronaut who has also crash landed on the planet. He stumbles across Nova who is now all alone and together they search for Taylor while being helped or hindered by the local ape populace. Many other characters from the original are present and correct also (Dr Zaius, Zira, Cornelius etc).
Although it's not as good as the some of the other films in the series I still enjoyed the ride, the second half of the film tries something a bit different as we get to see a desolate underground New York. There's a couple of plot twists some will love and some wont but such is life. Also, those people wanting their Chuck Heston fix will get it if they wait long enough.