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Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies

4. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

RT Score: 78%

Box Office: $12,348,905 (#6)

BO (Adjusted for Inflation): $66,160,200 (#6)

McDowall or Serkis: McDowall

Summary: How do you continue the Planet of the Apes series after you blow up the titular planet?  The answer was to take the two most likable apes (plus a red shirt), put them in a rocket and let them escape.  Cornelius and Zira, the scientists who befriended Heston in the first movie, travel back in time to the early 70’s where they are initially treated as celebrities. The movie starts out as an apes-out-of-water comedy loaded with clever social satire.  But the movie takes a dark turn that has to be respected.  Escape sets events in motion that will eventually lead to humanity being dominated by apes.

This is the movie that shifts the audience’s allegiances.  Up to this point, we have been on the side of humanity.  But after Escape, we’ll forever be on the side of the apes.  The modern incarnation of the series borrows more heavily from Escape and its follow-ups than it does from the original movie.

Next: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Posted on July 14, 2017, in Movies, Worst to First and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Planet of the Apes – Sequels/ Reboots

    http://cinemassacre.com/2017/06/30/planet-of-the-apes-sequels-reboots/

    A speed review of all the Planet of the Apes sequels/reboots.

    We’re going ape about Planet of the Apes! The crew sit down to discuss the original Planet of the Apes series. We ran out of time, so we couldn’t discuss Tim Burton’s relaunch. We did a little mini review, but we had some technical issues, so we’ll need to re-tape it again in the near future.

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    • Every Planet Of The Apes Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

      http://whatculture.com/film/every-planet-of-the-apes-movie-ranked-from-worst-to-best?rf=homepage

      Which one is king of the apes?

      A triumphant Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy has just come to a close.

      Less than a decade ago, the notion of such a thing existing was utterly bananas, but they did it. They reinvented a dormant franchise and helped it reclaim its crown.

      Prior to the release of 2011’s surprisingly good Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the world hadn’t seen a competent new addition to the series in decades, so what Caesar and his CG simian army have achieved is remarkable.

      Despite the franchise’s woes over the years, the Charlton Heston original remains a classic, but with a stellar new trilogy to compete with, how does it stack up in 2017?

      And where does Tim Burton’s ill-advised attempt to remake it rank on a list of movies which has swelled to nine entries since the turn of the decade?

      Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)

      This was one battle too many for the Planet of the Apes and it left an ugly scar on the face of the series for years to come.

      A slashed budget was Battle For The Planet Of The Apes’ worst enemy and the results made its simian masks and costumes look like something from the bottom of the bargain bin at a backstreet fancy dress store.

      This is a shame, because Battle is one of the most ambitious installments, daring to take things a shade darker by having the apes face off against an army of post-apocalyptic humans (or the closest thing to them the FX resources would allow).

      The subtext about the value of freedom and equality is in place and series mainstay Roddy McDowall is as reliable as ever in the role of Ceasar, but he’s about the only thing in the movie that is convincing.

      The large-scale conflict the series was building towards goes off with a whimper, and the photography and editing reek of cut corners.

      Rounding off the original series, Battle paid out in chimp change.

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