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Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)


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The fifth and last of the original series of motion pictures based upon author Pierre Boulle's imaginative novel Monkey Planet, this science fiction film was the least-liked by the series' legion of fans. Roddy McDowall returns as Caesar, the rebellious intelligent chimp of the previous film, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). Caesar led his brethren in a revolution against their human masters earlier, but humanity has since nearly destroyed itself in a nuclear apocalypse, and survivors

May 5, 2009

20th Century Fox

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Considering the usual fate of sequels, it's not so much that this final effort [from a story by Paul Dehn] is limp, but that the previous four pix maintained for so long a good quality level.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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[It] seems reluctant to use the potentials for astute comic strip philosophy that all the other films revelled in to a greater or lesser extent.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Battle looks like the last gap of a dying series, a movie made simply to wring the dollars out of any remaining ape fans.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Unnecessary sequel is nonetheless entertaining; Roddy Mcdowall back in simian shape.

March 22, 2008 | Comment (1)

Aside from Severn Darden, who relishes his lip-smacking heavy character, the cast seems disinterested; even series stalwart Roddy McDowall looks bored.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An okay finale.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

surprisingly entertaining

April 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

The bluntest, cheapest and worst of the 'Apes' movies.

September 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Schmaltzy doesn't get much better...

September 11, 2003
Blunt Review

The battle was lost several movies earlier.

September 26, 2002
NY Rock

Fans will enjoy it, but the "Apes" gang could have done a little better. Not surprisingly, this was the fifth and last installment. (Unless you count the TV show...)

July 25, 2002

At least it is only 83 minutes long.

August 1, 2001 Full Review Source:

The Planet of the Apes series started well, and gradually decreased in budget and quality. By Battle the budget is all but gone, and all the believability and excitement has gone with it.

June 19, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

The only film in the series to end on a positive note.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

With the budgets decreasing, creative ideas waning, and costumes and makeup getting more worn-out, it's a good thing that this is the final sequel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

[For] completists only and definitely counts as the worst in the entire series.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Battle For The Planet of The Apes is I think the worst film of the series. I didn't enjoy it as much as the other films and I felt it was a waste. The film could have been so much better than this, but instead this film is a mediocre conclusion to a great Sci-Fi series. The story was poorly crafted, and really not as interesting, engaging and thrilling as the previous entries in the franchise. The actors looked bored in this film, and personally I think the previous film would've made a fine conclusion to the series. However they needed to make a bit more money and they created this disappointing final entry in the series. This film could have been great, and the series could have ended on a high note, but with films like this you realize that the filmmakers are just making a film for the sake of making a film no matter how bad the story is. The film had an interesting idea, but suffered from poor development and it's as if the screenwriters weren't that interested in creating a terrific final chapter in the Apes franchise. This final entry leaves you wanting more, leaves you wanting a better crafted film. This film is a real disappointment and it doesn't satisfy like the previous entries before it. This is a sloppy final to a great series and fans of the series had to wait till Rise of the Planet of the Apes released in 2011 to get yet another phenomenally excellent Apes film. This one isn't great; it's mediocre at best and doesn't entertain like the previous entries in the series.
December 6, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The Lawgiver tells the children of the future a tale of the planet earth and the influence of two apes who went back in time and had a son Caesar. Caesar liberated the apes on earth and brought mankind and apekind together after the war. However an exploration into the ruined cities brings the apes into conflict with the mutants and the humans get trapped in the middle.

The final of the films is the real low point of the series but its hard to blame the film makers, the budget was at a all time low here and the studio wanted a more lite family film here. The plot lacks the dark undertones and fatalism of the other films and an attempt to `get deep' at the end doesn't do it alone. The basic plot is a war between the mutants and the gorillas with the peaceful chimps and loving humans in-between. The action is average at best and the dialogue leaves no room for subtexts.

Worse still is the makeup which has declined far away from the standard set in the original. Here the actors clearly wear rubbery masks - General Aldo being the worst by miles! The mouths barely move and certainly don't move in time with the words. It's a shame but it does show how the standards of the first two films had fallen so far by this stage.

The cast are OK but the majority are trapped behind unhelpful masks. Even John Huston looks trapped behind a mask that almost totally renders him unrecognisable and unemotive. McDowall continues his monkey madness with yet another role and he's actually quite good. The human roles are the best as they are free to talk and the mutant leader (Eastham) even manages to get a few funny lines out before all the fighting kicks off.

Overall the quality of the makeup reflects the effort put into the film. The makeup is shoddy and the plot and subtexts are back of matchbox stuff. There are a few nice touches and it tries to add insight in the last 10 minutes but by then it's all a bit late......mind you it's still better than the remake of the original.
August 9, 2011
David Ladd

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Virgil: Teacher only reverted to type under provocation. He... he spoke like a slavemaster in the old days of our servitude when we were conditioned to mechanical obedience. He, uh, he uttered a negative, uh, imperative.
Caesar: Could you put that into words which even Caesar could understand?
Virgil: Uh, he said, "No, Aldo, no!"
August 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

This is the worst of the "Apes" movies. No wonder it would be nearly 30 years before another theatrical movie. This is the story of Caesar battling another ape Aldo, and an incoming threat of humans. The movie is boring, the action is laughable, and story is incoherent. It's a shame to, because the one before it, "Conquer" was in my opinion the best of the sequels. You think they would build off of that and pick up where it left off. This jumps quite a few years and really drops the ball for a solid film franchise. Just forget this installment exists, as it really isn't needed at all.
July 16, 2011
Everett Johnson

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