Planet of the Apes (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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So, when I heard that 20th Century Fox wanted to do a "re-imagining" of POTA my first thought was "Why?". Hadn't the first film gotten everything right the first time around? Why monkey (no pun intended) with something that was pretty much perfect already? Then I heard that Tim Burton had been assingned to direct and I thought that here was an ideal choice if you were going to re-imagine something as iconic as POTA. After all, he had done a marvelous job of revamping the image of Batman from that of the ridiculously campy to that of the more respectible avenging Dark Knight (only to have Joel Schumaker undermine all of that with "Batman and Robin"). While a re-imaging of POTA wasn't needed, I thought, it still might be interesting to see the results of such an undertaking from the capable hands of a director like Burton. Unfortunately the final product failed to meet my expectations.
The biggest dissapointment here is the script, no real plot and flat, one dimensional characters ...Read more ›
The makeup is so good in The Planet of The Apes it's hard to see the actor behind the mask. But this seems more an asset than a liability for the ape actors who all put in very strong performances. Unfortunately the 'human' actors are another story: Mark Wahlberg is clearly out of his league and depth here and really struggles to carry the lead. There's a scene where Wahlberg tries to rally the troops and he was so bad, it's funny. Estella Warren looks great but does very little in a role that is really not much more than window dressing.
As with many visually stunning films, more care and attention was paid to the look of The Planet of The Apes than the script, so we're asked to make some pretty big leaps of faith. The Planet of The Apes it's definitely NOT a movie to think a lot about when you leave the theater, as many plot points don't hold up well on re-examination. That said, I recommend The Planet of The Apes; it's a very enjoyable movie with a look you won't soon forget!...
The story now takes place on some distant planet instead of Earth where Mark Wahlberg lands by accident while conducting a chimp-pilot experiment. Trapped on what becomes a hostile ape planet, he gets help from good apes to fight the bad ones. Predictable plot, no character depth, and no real story worth pondering over; only a poorly directed bubble-gum film prepared for mass-consumption and aimed at your pubescent audience. I give it two stars only because the special effects were very well done. All of the satirical elements present in Rod Serling's original script have been removed to leave nothing of worth except stupid anachnronisms, placid human faces, and a simply atrocious screenplay. Whereas the original movie had a profound message about social evolution and ignorance, this movie is but a noble experiment in computer animation and nothing more.
It's fun renting it to watch one time; the second time you see that Burton is just monkeying you around. If you're counting on seeing an improved rendition of the original film, you'll be sorely disappointed.
After it was over, I walked up the aisle of the theatre and looked at the faces of others who had come, like me, to see what the hell the fuss was about. Their faces echoed mine! What the hell did we just watch? Did anyone actually watch the origional? Is this a joke or something?
I spoke with a number of 20 something's who thought it was a great remake. I had asked them whether they had seen the origional. Some had and some had not. I then asked for one 'great line'- one sentence in the screenplay, uttered by the central character that would lead all of the humans to follow him out into the desert to fight. No response. I then asked why the female ape committed herself to aiding the astronaut when barely a word had been exchanged between them during his initial captivity; anything that would remotely suggest a difference or intelligence that made him special from the other humans that surrounded them. They began to agree that seemed kind of lame.
Once again, not one line in the screenplay or in the writing to spark that kind of belief or development in the story. In the origional, we got to know what Taylor thought and believed- what he was looking for as he crossed the desert.Read more ›
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I only get this cos I like Planet of the Apes. I CAN'T STAND MARKY-MARK. So I watch this and give it a chance.Published 1 day ago by Christopher R. Filkins
The quality of the HD steaming was horrible. DIRECTLY After the movie we checked online streaming quality with a different app for movies: Sony, and it played this movie in much... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Merisha
Kind of meh...with some humor, and some action. Definitely Mark Wahlberg's worst acting...Published 1 month ago by Kyle Degler
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ummm, I have no clue what you are talking about. The disc has Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as DTS, DTS is almost NEVER put on a disc without having DD. It's part of the specs to have Dolby Digital on no matter what. On a side note the only reason that DTS is a "secondary" audio format is... Read More
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