Planet of The Apes

Planet of the Apes

Tim Burton (2001)

114min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
You've probably already read that this is not a remake of the 1967 sci-fi classic, but, in director Tim Burton's words, a "re-imagining". It begins, like the original, with an astronaut (this time Mark Wahlberg) crash-landing and being pursued and captured, with other savage-like humans, by apes on horseback. So far, so similar. What's immediately different is the ape make-up. Though John Chambers's 1967 prosthetic work was ground-breaking, multi-Oscar winner Rick Baker has upgraded it in style, so that actors such as Tim Roth (as arch-villain General Thade) and Helena Bonham Carter (sympathetic chimp activist Ari) can truly emote and express through the latex. That's the good news. The bad news is the story. It's slight (basically capture-battle-escape), littered with convenience, and Wahlberg has no backstory or emotional journey. It's another expensive blockbuster that short-changes on narrative. Nevertheless, the final twist ending (one of five that were shot, apparently) works well. But whose idea was it to "quote" iconic lines from the original film? That's not what I would call a re-imagining.

Summary

An astronaut crash-lands on a strange planet and is captured and enslaved by the ruling race of highly intelligent apes. Luckily, he is helped by a sympathetic chimpanzee - but then discovers a shocking secret. Remake of the 1960s sci-fi adventure, directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth, and featuring a cameo appearance from the original film's star Charlton Heston.

Cast & Crew

Captain Leo Davidson Mark Wahlberg
Thade Tim Roth
Ari Helena Bonham Carter
Attar Michael Clarke Duncan
Limbo Paul Giamatti
Daena Estella Warren
Krull Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Sandar David Warner
Karubi Kris Kristofferson
Tival Erick Avari
Birn Luke Eberl
Gunnar Evan Dexter Parke
Senator Nado Glenn Shadix
Bon Freda Foh Shen
Nova Lisa Marie
Thade's father Charlton Heston
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Aug 2001
Drama