Since the new Planet of the Apes movie came out on Blu-Ray and DVD we decieded to review the classic Plant of the Apes movie.
Cad Bane's chick at Pandas, Lightsabers and Cameras, oh my!! requested that we review old movies and Aalya Rain at Fangirl & Farmgirl requested that we review more sci-fi movie so here is the review for Planet of the Apes.
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure
Release Date: February 8, 1968 (1968-02-08)
Running Time: 112 minutes
MMPA rating: PG
The Good: Revolutionary special effects for the time, The costumes for the apes looked very real and natural they even look good today, Original plot, Charlton Heston's performance was good,
The Bad: While not excessive there are some evolution references,
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
Astronauts Taylor (Charlton Heston), Landon (Robert Gunner), Dodge (Jeff Burton) and Stewart (an uncredited Dianne Stanley) are in deep hibernation when their spaceship crash-lands in a lake on an unknown planet, after a 2006-year voyage at near-light speed (during which the crew ages only 18 months due to time dilation). However, due to an air leak, Stewart's suspended animation equipment fails. The astronauts awaken to find Stewart's body desiccated and their ship sinking. They use an inflatable raft to reach shore. Before departing the ship, Taylor notes that the current year is 3978 A.D. Once ashore, Dodge performs a soil test and pronounces the soil incapable of sustaining life.
Despite this, as the three astronauts set off through a desert, they gradually encounter plant life. They find an oasis at the edge of the desert and decide to go swimming, ignoring strange scarecrow-like figures. While they are swimming, their clothes are stolen. Pursuing the thieves, the astronauts find their clothes in shreds, their supplies pillaged and the perpetrators — a group of mute, primitive humans — contentedly raiding a cornfield.Suddenly, clothed gorillas on horseback charge through the cornfield, brandishing firearms, snares, and nets, which they use to capture whatever humans they can and kill those they cannot. While fleeing, Dodge is killed, Landon is knocked unconscious, and Taylor is shot in the throat. The gorillas take Taylor to Ape City, where his life is saved by two chimpanzee scientists, animal psychologist Zira (Kim Hunter) and surgeon Galen (Wright King). Upon awakening, Taylor — now housed in a cage with a girl whom he later calls Nova (Linda Harrison) — discovers that his throat wound has rendered him mute.
Taylor discovers that the apes, who can talk, are in control and are divided into a strict caste system: the gorillas as police, military, hunters and workers; the orangutans as administrators, politicians, lawyers and religious clerics; and the chimpanzees as intellectuals and scientists. Humans, who cannot talk, are considered feral vermin and are hunted for sport and either killed outright, enslaved for manual labor, domesticated as pets, or used for scientific experimentation. Watch the movie to see happnes next.
Plot: 8.5/10- The plot is very original and fascinating.
Action: 5.9/10- Planet of the Apes is not really a action movie it is more of a adventure movie but there was some action.
Acting: 8.1/10- Charlton Heston's performance was good and the apes performances were also good.
Special effects: 10/10- The effects were revolutionary at the time and still look great today.
Soundtrack: 7.4/10- The soundtrack sets the tone of a strange world very well.
Comedy: 6.4/10- There was some humor.
Overall: 8.4/10- Overall Planet of the Apes is an entertaining movie with revolutionary special effects.
Closing comments: If you like sci-fi movies you need to check out Planet of the Apes.
Reconmended for; Sic-Fi fans, Adventrue fasn,