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Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 July 2001 (USA)
An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

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It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Written by Tim1370

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On July 27th, take back the planet. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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$68,532,960 (USA) (29 July 2001)

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$180,011,740 (USA) (27 January 2002)
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Different versions of this film were in development since 1988. Directors involved in pre-production over the years included: Alan Rifkin, Sam Raimi, Phillip Noyce, Chuck Russell, Chris Columbus, Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay, Peter Jackson, and Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes. In 1993, Oliver Stone, who was initially considered to direct the film, had signed on as Executive Producer, and wanted Terry Hayes to re-write his script, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. James Cameron had signed on to Executively Produce and write the film, but dropped out in 1997, after the success of Titanic (1997). See more »

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(at around 1h 35 mins) During the final battle, studio lights are reflected on Thade's helmet. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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References Morgan! (1966) See more »

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Rule The Planet Remix
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Additional Production by: Paul Oakenfold and Povi
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Planet of Shallowness
27 August 2002 | by (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Thank you Hollywood. Yet another movie classic utterly ruined by a cheap, shallow, effect-heavy and redundant remake. The original "Planet of the Apes" was an intelligent and thought-provoking movie with a very clear message. It was a movie that focused almost entirely on dialogue, which sounds very dull but was in fact very interesting.

This movie, on the other hand, seems to have done away with pretty much ALL the dialogues. Instead of a great movie we get an incredibly stupid two hour chase movie. Dialogue has been reduced to a mere minimum, character interaction and development are non-existent and most of the time it's extremely hard to figure out what's going on. Instead, we get a bunch of pointless action scenes, some marginally funny one-liners and some very hollow quasi-intelligent conversations.

The only thing worth mentioning about this movie is that it looks absolutely fantastic. The make-up of the apes is magnificent, and the sets and backgrounds are beautiful too. However, this does not distract from the fact that "Planet of the Apes (2001)" is a very shallow and simplistic movie, filled with paper-thin characters, stupid dialogue and a nearly non-existent plot. Please Hollywood, stop ruining great movies by turning them into senseless blockbusters.

Oh yeah, the ending did not make ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER.

* out of **** stars, mainly for the visuals


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