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Escape From The Planet of The Apes
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Directed By
Don Taylor

Written By:
Paul Dehn

Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban, William Windom, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, Jason Evers, Harry Lauter, John Randolph, M. Emmet Walsh

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Escape From The Planet of The Apes (1971)
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Movie Review by Martin
June 20th, 2011

Probably the only "reboot" I am in anyway excited about is the forthcoming "planet of the apes" movie "Rise of the planet of the apes," which looks like a genuinely different take on a series which is more than ripe for renewal.

I loved the first 1968 film, and even thought that Tim Burtons remake was OK (even though re-inventing it again is a way better idea than making a sequel after that ones god awful ending) but had only ever seen bits and pieces off the the original films follow-ups after truly loathing its first sequel "Beneath the Planet of the apes."

This just manages too continue the series by turning the idea off the first film upside down. Now we have some ape astronauts escaping the worlds destruction at the end off the last crap-fest, and going back in time too land on Earth and find themselves amongst humans.

The whole time travelling aspect off this movie is really why I like it. Its plot is interesting, in that the apes being here is ultimately responsible for the future we seen in the first film, and the nasty humans figuring this out want it stopped. Its also surprising how tragic and dark this flick is. At first you find yourself laughing at Roddy McDowall dressed up as a monkey, but by the end you'll be holding back tears and maybe even be shocked by the final twist.

A truly worthy sequel this one, honouring the iconic ending off the first film by having a just as creepy one here (Tim Burton obviously took note that one thing a "Planet of the apes" movie needs is a great ending but he messed it up).

This doesn't quite make up for the film before it (nothing could) but all you need too know about that one is that the "Planet of the apes" is destroyed at the end, so you could quite easily avoid that movie and skip straight from the classic original onto this one.

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