Planet of the Apes ★★★
This isn’t a remake of the 1967 sci-fi classic, but, in director Tim Burton’s words, a “re-imagining”. The well-built Mark Wahlberg replaces Charlton Heston as the astronaut who, crash-landing in the future, is captured by the ruling species: apes. The original’s ground-breaking prosthetic makeup is updated by Rick Baker to allow actors Tim Roth (as archvillain General Thade), Helena Bonham Carter (sympathetic chimp activist Ari) et al to emote and express through the latex. That’s the good news. The bad news is the slight story, which is littered with convenience, and provides no backstory for Wahlberg. Still, it looks impressive, it turned a profit and the final twist ending works well enough. That said, director Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is far superior.
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