Escape from the Planet of the Apes

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Released 1971

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Director:
Don Taylor
Released:
1971
Rating:
G

Escape From the Planet of the Apes is the second sequel in the popular science fiction franchise. Three apes flee the genocide on their planet in their time in Taylor from the first film's spaceship and land in California. The three apes meet with Americans who do not want to believe they can speak but are fascinated and under the charm of the extraordinary thing it represents. But the funny atmosphere turns sour very fast because the men who interrogate them, namely the CIA, believe them and see the future in their tale, a future of total reversal of the world order, of the natural order, the apes at the top and human beings having regressed to the bottom. Upon the apes' escape, they witness the destruction of the earth due to a weapon of warfare created by humans and used by apes. This film provides a thematic bridge in the movie series, but also stands on its own.

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  • There's No Escaping the Planet of the Apes

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    How do you continue a series after you've obliterated the planet in a nuclear holocaust? Escape From the Planet of the Apes. In this third installment of the series Cornelius and Zira find themselves hurled back in time to 1973 and must find their way in American culture. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter return to reprise their roles and are joined by Ricardo Montalban. While it starts out as a lighthearted comedy, the tone takes a dark and foreboding turn. And in typical Apes fashion, the film asks some challenging, thought-provoking questions while telling a compelling sci-fi drama. Escape From the Planet of the Apes delivers another powerful sci-fi adventure (though it does take a few liberties with the series mythology in order to do so).moreless

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