Beneath the Planet of the Apes

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Released 1970

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Director:
Ted Post
Released:
1970
Rating:
G

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a 1970 science fiction film and the second installment of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Like in the first film, a spaceship from the United States has crash landed on the planet. This time the crew is searching for Taylor (Charlton Heston) and the rest of his space crew. Taylor, however, has been seemingly swallowed up by the planet itself. Brent (James Franciscus) emerges from his space ship confused at the ape ruled planet. After learning that apes are in charge of the planet and not very friendly towards humans, Brent and Nova (Linda Harrison) escape from ape city and ind the ruins of New York City. Brent puts 2 and 2 together and realizes that this is Earth. Brent and Nova are captured and brought to St. Patrick's Cathedral by telepathic mutated humans. There they worship an atomic bomb. Brent warns the humans of an imminent ape attack on the underground civilization and finds they have kidnapped Taylor as well. The apes invade and there is a deadly battle with an explosive conclusion.

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  • Beneath the original

    6.5
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a fairly good sci-fi drama, but lacks the craft of the original. The story follows Brent, an astronaut sent to rescue Taylor, who ends up marooned on the same planet, but is taken captive by human mutants who live in the Forbidden Zone. James Franciscus, Linda Harrison, and Kim Hunter lead the cast and give solid performances. However, the poor effects hinder the film and (with the mystery of the planet revealed in the first film) it's hard to recreate the same suspense again. Still, the film finds an interesting place to take the story and expands the mythology. Ultimately, Beneath the Planet of the Apes fails to deliver on the promise of first film, and instead delivers a mediocre sequel.moreless

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