Planet of the ApesDirector: Tim Burton
This big budget "re-imagining" of the 1968 original departs somewhat from both that classic science fiction film and the source novel by author Pierre Boulle. Mark Wahlberg stars as Leo Davidson, an astronaut of the early 21st century whose unauthorized mission to rescue a chimp companion from a mysterious space storm goes awry when he and his ship are lost through a rip in the fabric of time. Leo crash-lands on a planet where intelligent, talking apes are the dominant species and humans a conquered slave class. Befriending both a chimpanzee activist named Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), who's sympathetic to humans, and a beautiful human rebel, Daena (Estella Warren), Leo quickly becomes a prominent figure of resistance to his fellow humans. This makes him an instant source of irritation for the militant and ambitious General Thade (Tim Roth) and his trusted adjutant, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan), who intend to hunt Leo down and crush the burgeoning human uprising. War looms between ape and human as Leo and his band head for a sacred site deep in an off-limits desert, where secrets about the planet's ape and human ancestry wait to be revealed. Planet of the Apes is directed by Tim Burton and features the original film's star, Charlton Heston, in a cameo role as the dying father of Thade.
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Cast & Crew
|Mark Wahlberg||Leo Davidson|
|Helena Bonham Carter||Ari|
|Michael Clarke Duncan||Attar|
|Glenn Shadix||Senator Nado|
|Colleen Atwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard Baker||Makeup Special Effects|
|James Bayliss||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bill George||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Rosemary Brandenberg||Set Decoration/Design|
|Danny Elfman||Score Composer|
|Katterli A. Frauenfelder||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
|Luke Freeborn||Set Decoration/Design|
|Sean Haworth||Art Director|
|Rick Heinrichs||Production Designer|
|Philip Too Lin||Art Director|
|Josh Lusby||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Reynolds||Set Decoration/Design|
|Steven Schwartz||Set Decoration/Design|
|Gerald Sullivan||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jason Weil||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ralph Winter||Executive Producer|
|Don Woodruff||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard D. Zanuck||Producer|
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Now i know what you're thinking. Planet of the Apes? This looks stupid. It's not. I was surpurised at how good it was. It came out of nowhere and made my favorite movie of all time #1. Besting the previous one (Darkman) by so many good things. Great style really funny one-liners and a great villian. I don't know how the hell Tim Roth did so well as a bad guy. I highly recomend buying this. The DVD is great, the special features are tight. And it's the #1 dvd sale at Tower Records. GO BUY IT!!!!!
This is my favorite movie that I saw this summer. I am really looking forward to the DVD because I read that it has a lot of stuff about how they made the people move like apes. They looked so real, and the evil ape was my favorite character. The ending was really cool too.
this is my favorite movie of all time. I saw it twice just to understand what happened in the end. I think Tim Burton gave all the elements in it: Comedy, Drama, Action, Suspense. Buy it for gods sake.
BRAVO TO TIM BURK FOR RECREATING SUCH AN EXTRORDINARY FILM MARK WALBERG WITH HIS BOYISH GOOD LOOKS AND SERIOUSMINDED LOOK ALL THROUGH THE FILM WAS EXCEPTIONAL!!! HE REVIVED THE WHOLE MOVIE BROUGHT IT BACK FROM THE MOVIE ARCHIVES . THE FAST PACE OF THE MOVING LEFT NO TIME FOR BOREDOM IF YOU TURNED AWAY FOR A MOMENT YOU WOULD CERTAINLY MISS A CERTAIN LOOK FROM CHRIS CHRISTOFERSON OR A CERTAIN LOOK UNDERNEATH THE MAKEUP FROM CHARLESTON HESTON. OR BETTER YET THE DYEAR ON THE ODAMETER OF THE SPACESHIP THAT WOULD TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MARK WALBERG LANDED ON THE STEPS OF THE LINCOLN MONUMENT IN WASHINTON D.C. BRAVO TO EVERYONE INVOLVED THIS IS DEFINETLY A KEEPER FOR YOUR LIBRARY!!!
It may have a couple of problems here or there, but this film is great entertainment. Kudos to Tim Burton for creatively retelling the story in a whole new way, not some hackneyed re-make. Lookling at the DVD specs here, I'll pre-order this one, too. Maybe it'll get me straight on who was playing who :). Tim Roth and Helen Bonham Carter were tops, they are great actors and their portrayals shine easily through the best monkey-makeup yet. It has plenty of action and humor, but it was also thought provoking. It was the most entertaining sci-fi I've seen in a long while.
I hate the ending.
A rather unimpressive adaptation of Pierre Boulle's original political satire and of the original 1968 film adaptation. This version is less than inspiring in all aspects except for its special effects. Although this version could have further explored the satirical elements of the original novel and film on the question of civilization and social evolution, these important elements are relegated to jingoistic one-liners and sound-bytes that are further eroded by over-the-top CGI graphics. There's simply no comparison between this script and Rod Serling's brilliant script for the original film. The make up of the 1968 version seemed more realistic than the glittering computer-enhanced costumes in this version. The logical inconsistencies are also overwhelming in this film. For example, Why would the apes need to ride horses if they can run faster and longer than the horses themselves? A big disappointment altogether.