Review - Planet of the Apes (2001)
Delorted - wrote on 12/16/07
While trying to save his chimp from a death in space, Captain Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) was hurled through time and space to a strange land where humans were slaves for apes. Now, along with an apes Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) and Limbo (Paul Giamatti) and a human named Daena (Estella Warren), he is trying to find his way home in “Planet of the Apes.”
I want so much place sole blame for this movie on Fox, but I can’t help but wondering why director Tim Burton took the job in the first place. The whole concept of even making this remake was a travesty from the start, but the end result wasn’t a complete disaster.
For instance, the acting is true Burton quality. He can always get his actors to do exactly what he wants them to. The acting seems choreographed, and I wonder how much time the actors spent studying the apes they portrayed.
Of course, if you ask anybody who’s seen the movie what they think of it, the first thing you will hear is most undoubtedly going to be “Oh, the ending was terrible!” Yes, I will admit, it really was. It makes sense if you look deep enough into it, but apparently Burton didn’t even understand it himself, so it must not be as deep as one might think. I won’t spoil it for anybody, but it is a ridiculous ending.
Overall, I don’t think you would be gashing out your eyes upon seeing “Planet of the Apes,” but if you saw it in theaters, you probably would have asked for your money back. It really is a tease of an action flick, and it really doesn’t have much inspiration from its own director. Still, the music is pretty good, so at least check out the soundtrack.
Final Score: 6.4/10