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15 August 2011

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Directed by: Tom Post
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 108 Minutes

After seeing the new apes’ film in theatres, I was excited to see the rest of the films in the series after the original. Well, this one is a slight disappointment that gives itself a goal but never achieves it. The ending is dissatisfying because of its discreet ending, and it baffles me that there are any films after this. The film is okay, but at times, it feels mediocre, too confusing and lacking. It may move the story and add pieces of the puzzle, but it also adds more stuff on to that, making you even more curious and confused. Perhaps the film is lacking because of new director Ted Post, but I think it is mostly the story that affects this film.


Another spacecraft crashes in the Forbidden Zone, on to this planet ruled by apes. You will remember this place from the previous film surely. The astronaut Brent searches for Taylor and discovers an underground city where mutated humans with psychic powers live. At the same time, the Apes rise up to declare war against the humans and decide to expand in to the forbidden territory.



I think it was when Brent met the strange humans. It felt mediocre because it was strange and just added more details that need explanation. Most of all, they worship a bomb! The first 30 minutes of the film are great because it is interesting to see another human arriving, with the two doctors Cornelius and Zira; it gets you wondering what will happen next. The film’s mega philosophical charge just annoyed me through out because not enough is explained so it clearly puts you on hold until the next film. I think this film only serves purpose as a bridge to the next film.

When Brent arrives, he meets Nova, who was previously with Taylor. They both go near were the apes are and Bent discovers this oddity. Later after this, he escapes from the apes and discovers a cave and his discovery of an underground band of mutant humans. It is before he meets the humans we see some interesting things. This cave is of the underground subway in New York called ‘Queensboro Plaza’. This was interesting because of Trent’s sudden realisation, which shows us he knows something that we do not. Anyone that is a fan of the previous film should see this alongside the new film. This film will have you hunting for clues and little insertions of things mentioned in the new film, which is about how things became all of this. The film lacks the energy of the previous film and may bring some new things to the story, but stumbles along the way.


The effects were fine and the performances were as energetic as before. James Fransiscus was great at portraying his character Brent and actor Charlton Heston returning as Taylor was equally satisfying. In 90 minutes, we encounter more characters, more confusion is stuck in and most of all ends with you thinking how are there any more films after this? Well, I will just have to see for myself.

My Rating: 5.5/10

2 comments:

  1. I still want to see this and the other sequels, but I loved the first which I recently saw! Great review ;)

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  2. As you said, who would have expected more sequels after this one. In my case it's because of what happened at the end of this. I have vague memories as a child watching the Saturday morning animated show, too.

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