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November 15, 2016
An inferior remake that lacks the political undercurrent of the original film.
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2016
Reinventing a classic film is one thing, but if you're going to remake something beloved by film fans worldwide, do it for a reason. This Planet of the Apes reboot brings little to nothing new to the series with a brutally dull outcome.

Look, it's easier said than done. Remakes and reboots have a lot of pressure and usually wind up being a waste of time. But there was serious potential here. With Tim Burton coming off a few solid films with Johnny Depp and box office success with Batman, you'd think he would have a grapple on what to do with the Apes franchise. Sadly, it was the exact opposite.

The original 1968 classic was thought provoking and lead to a couple really well done sequels, but Burton's take is disappointingly more creepy and awkward than it is cerebral. I'm sorry, but I just don't care for seeing Mark Wahlberg have a strange romantic relationship with a female ape. Or, rather, an equally dull relationship with a human, played by Estella Warren. No chemistry between the two, whatsoever.

But there are a few redeemable qualities surprisingly. Instead of a massive Statue of Liberty reveal at the end, Burton makes a few middle act changes that actually benefit the story in the long run. Having the very cause of the apes taking over earth being due to Wahlberg's mistake was interesting, but I'm just not sure it was earned. Something else that wasn't earned is the entire third act. Talk about an atrocious piece of mess, the third act tries to propose so many ideas and take twists and turns that it just all feels tiresome. Unfortunately, by the time the big battle comes around, you just don't care.

It's easy to look at a film in hindsight and say it shouldn't have been made, but seriously, this Apes entry should not have been made. It wasn't yet the time where visual effects offered up the opportunity to do great motion capture or picture perfect-looking Apes (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 2014) and using old make-up was the wrong choice. It's nice for the 60's but using it in 2001 is a completely different entity. But the main problem is that the characters and story are second to an attempt to build out impressive set pieces. Tim Roth's one-note villain and the film's choice for romances make for one brutal viewing.

+Some interesting subtle changes

-Lack of reinvention

-Awkward romances

-No reason for 2001 to be the time for a remake

4.6/10
½ September 4, 2016
Aside from the impressive makeup jobs, Planet of the Apes doesn't have much to offer. The plot is bland and predictable, with a heavy-handed message and an unnecessarily confusing ending. The acting is over-the-top and uneven, as well. This doesn't feel like a Tim Burton movie, which could be a good thing, because Burton should distance himself from this mess as much as possible.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2016
Pretty good in places wierd in others could of been great if given to a director who doesn't make everything he touch dark as hell, Nark Wahlberg does well and the battle scene at the end was ok but apart from that there's not much to take away.
July 28, 2016
Planet of the Apes remake was decently made. The story was mindless, fast-paced, and nothing to do with the original. However, Planet of the Apes managed to be entertaining, with its visuals, B-movie charms, and action made Planet of the Apes a ok flick.
July 21, 2016
An unnecessary remake which, while the trailers looked cool, had clunky acting, some INSANELY STUPID moments and kicked off the TERRIBLE TIM movies that were to follow...
July 12, 2016
This and "Batman Forever" are those that have disappointed me most of my idolized Burton.
June 8, 2016
Tim Burton's "retelling" of The Planet of the Apes can't do its original tale justice by suffering from a poor characterization, obnoxious over the top acting, confusing moments, generic dialogue and a terribly done ending.
½ May 24, 2016
Seriously? Why ruin classic movies with this crap!
½ May 17, 2016
Une moitié d'étoile juste pour Tim Roth!
½ May 17, 2016
While boasting some visual appeal, this infinitely inferior remake does away with many of the elements that made the original great, while simultaneously being over-reliant on references to it. The ending still boasts a dramatic reveal; the difference is that in this case, it makes everything fall apart and makes the entire film make little sense, rather than bringing it all together and making the story suddenly make sense. Filmmakers take note: Tim Burton's rendition of "Planet of the Apes" is a prime example of what not to do.
½ May 10, 2016
Mark Wahlberg and the Monkey Bunch
½ May 2, 2016
An unnecessary remake with nothing new to add the original classic and its attempt to explain the science behind it is stupid. I like Mark Wahlberg and I think he does what he can with poor quality around him. This isn't an awful film it's just not needed and pointless.
April 29, 2016
Car is in the shop, snowing outside, stuck at home watching tv. Had never seen Tim Burton's version of the classic movie. It's pretty awful lol Tim Roth however plays a very convincing pissed off ape, I will give it that
April 29, 2016
The visual effects are very good and so is the costume design, but the movie is so darn stupid/
April 15, 2016
Respect must be given to the creature effects used throughout here - bridging the gap between the daggy latex of the originals and the all-CG of the recent remakes, the attention to costume/makeup is fantastic. In addition, the actors physically embodying their simian archetype works great. But Wahlberg limps through without finesse and the social commentary of the original feels all but gone.
April 7, 2016
An odd attempt at trying to pay homage to the originals and strive it's own path this film has some interesting ideas but does not execute them properly. None of the character are interesting and I really was hoping the villains would just win so we could not have to watch the bland heroes. No disrespect to Mark Wahlberg, the flaws for his character were in the writing with awkward wording. The twist ending also let me down a lot with Burton attempting to one up the original film essentially though just left confusion instead of the shock that was intended. This movie tried building a new Apes universe but had failed to do so. Not the worst movie but not the most enticing story.
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2016
I have no idea what this movie is; why is was made; or what the purpose behind it was. This is one of the worst movies that Tim Burton has ever directed, and it's definitely one of the worst movies ever produced in Hollywood. With a star-spranged cast and a director who have had a lot of hits in the past, we thought we were going to get something extraordinary and original. Unfortunately, we only got a movie filled with bad lines and horrible acting. The only thing that makes this movie sort of watchable is the performance from Tim Roth who actually seemed like he gave a f**k!
March 22, 2016
The best thing that can be said about this movie is in regards to its costume and makeup. Beyond that, there's really nothing to it.
February 15, 2016
Tim Burton once again destroys an incredible franchise in this crap reboot. Don't watch it. Save yourself and watch the incredible new reboot Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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