Escape from the Planet of the Apes

1971

Action / Sci-Fi

107
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 27675

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Ricardo Montalban as Armando
Roddy McDowall as Cornelius
Kim Hunter as Zira
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750.46 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
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1hr 38 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by a_chinn 6 / 10

Apes cycle of films begins to come full circle

The third film in the Apes series takes a new twist by not having humans crash land on a planet ruled by apes and instead has three apes crash land on modern day earth (or at least 1970s earth). The talking, intelligent apes become the toast of the town upon their arrival, but there are sinister government forces who fear them and believe them to be a threat to humanity. After a lot of light comedy during the first part of the film, the apes go on the run from the government agents who want to kill them. Escape is one of the weaker Apes film, but it is interesting that the villains of the picture are actually correct (if you've seen the other films in the series) in that the apes do eventually take over the world, although it's humanity's fault, due to their own fear and distrust. However, those more interesting of topics are not covered in this film and it is instead a fish-out-of-water comedy for the first and second acts and a not especially exciting of chase film for the final act. The first "Planet of the Apes" film, written by Rod Serling, more interestingly addressed this idea of who's the real bad-guy in the original film's conclusion, where the villainous Dr. Zaius is revealed to know the truth behind humankind destroying itself, and that intelligent humans would genuinely pose a threat to the Ape world, as unequal, backwards, and flawed as that society may be. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter return as Cornelius and Zira, and you also get Albert Salmi, M. Emmet Walsh, Ricardo Montalban in a nice cameo leading to sequels to come, and Sal Mineo briefly appearing as an ape (he apparently did not like the ape make-up and asked to be written out of the script). Jerry Goldsmith also returns to provide the film an excellent rousing score. Overall, this isn't that good of an Apes film, but it is still entertaining.

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

An Odd Message

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

The "Apes" series gets more strange as it goes on, and the messages it uses are a bit blunt. We get environmental issues and political topics, sometimes with a discussion of race that is pretty blunt (the whole slavery thing is not subtle at all).

This one even has religious themes, though they do actually hide those somewhat well. It may be blasphemous to compare the president to Herod the Great and Cornelius to Joseph (father of Jesus), but this film goes there. And it is actually pretty clever.

Reviewed by tankace 7 / 10

Quit a weird way to bring a franchise back in action ,but it worked!

Well after the critical under performance of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, we go to Escape,when in the today's world (seventies) a spacecraft crash lands and three talking chimpanzees come out, the two are Zira and Cornelius from the first two films.

I have to say this film is weird and the creators definitely knew that and so the whole thing is a examinations of our ape heroes and their origin, which is surprising both thoughtful and interesting pointing out also the predestination paradox, theories of who a civilization is created and then more or less forgets its origins, which is not uncommon, see the Greek, Hindu, Egyptian and Chinese civilizations, they existed for so long that even they have little to no clue how they came to be.

Also we see the beginning of the humans anxiety correlated with the seeming danger of them been replaced by the smart apes. So this film is both a sequel and a prequel and it is difficult putting the time-line in order. Again we see another repeat of history here, with the X-men films, another franchise in which the time-line of events is fussy to say the least and flipping confusing to be brutally honest.

Overall an enjoyable film and by default in the top 3 of the original trilogy as the previous installment and Battle aren't very good as movies overall.

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