4 August 2013

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1972
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
  • Based on characters in the novel by Pierre Boulle
  • Cast: Roddy McDowell, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams, Austin Stoker, France Nuyen
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Roddy McDowell – Overboard, The Poseidon Adventure, Inside Daisy Clover, Cleopatra, The Longest Day, the other Apes films
    • Claud Akins – old TV series
    • Natalie Trundy – the other Planet of the Apes sequels
    • Lew Ayres– All Quiet on the Western Front  and old TV series
    • Paul Williams – mostly his music
    • Austin Stoker - old TV series
    • France Nuyen – South Pacific and old TV series
  •  Why? Part of series
  • Seen: Now: July 28, 2013.

       Marginally better than the fourth one, this is at least an anti-war movie. Sort of.  It offers a few moral dilemmas, like is it OK to kill evil-doers and should humans be treated as equals by apes.  The old slave-become-master problem.
Let’s see, there must be something else good about it…
Nope.  Can’t think of any.  Trite, stereotyped, amateurish, insultingly simplistic.  And it ended with a happy ending – ape and human children sitting around in lovely nature listening happily to the orangutan lawgiver a bunch of centuries after the battle.  But it doesn’t explain how the humans once again became hunted and enslaved by the time Charlton Heston shows up.
On the other hand, who cares?
I’m glad we can go back to good movies next weekend.

1 ½  * of 5


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