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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Reviews

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July 19, 2017
With a darker tone and darker ending there is little joy to be had here. There's good use of the available budget with the exception of some awful ape masks used on many extras.

It's certainly watchable and it's themes and ideas are of interest but it's still oddly unsatisfying and the voiceover at the end feels very hokey and tacked on.
½ July 13, 2017
This sequel to the Planet of the Apes is truly bizarre and is also inferior to the first film despite some interesting elements. Reading the production history of this film confirmed what I felt about it while watching it, 20th Century Fox needed a hit after several high budget bombs so decided to force out a sequel to one of their hit films. Charlton Heston didn't initially want to be a part of this and it shows in his performance and lack of screen time, the overall production quality is lacking which is evident by the fact the budget was less than the prior film which shows in the sets and practical effects and the ending for whatever reason is utterly final. It is however a film that deals again with thought-provoking commentary this time dealing with war and nuclear annihilation, it is a lot more violent than the previous film which makes for a couple of decent action scenes, the score is decent and the ending is interesting and quite daring albeit unsatisfying and illogical.
July 12, 2017
It starts off okay, but then falls into improbable territory in a bad way. It's funny how I can believe apes are rulers of the earth, but I can't believe an underground race of telepathic humans.
½ July 10, 2017
I like this more and more with each viewing but it is definitely a weak effort. And such a downer ending. Yes the first one is kind of a down one as well but not like this. Roddy McDowell and Charlton Heston are sorely missed and the story is thin. Not the worst Apes but not far from it.
½ July 9, 2017
I enjoyed this sequel and I'm glad I watched it despite the negative reviews on rotten tomatoes. Not as good as the original but if you like the Apes story then you might enjoy this. It's clear this movie was a bit half baked and seems to be written quickly with a small budget. The ending is abrupt and disappointing. Overall its worth watching once but not the best in the series.
July 7, 2017
The sequel abandons everything that made the first so great. Retells a similar story with a new lead and little of the characters from before. Also introduces weird developments of human telepathy, with a hint of war/religion commentary thrown in. Nothing really works.
½ July 3, 2017
Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a strong sequel that doesn't deserve the negative reactions it has had lobbed at it for all these years. It very nicely walk the line of familiar but different enough. For that alone it is a triumph.
May 27, 2017
some good ideas that fall short
May 4, 2017
Beneath the Planet of the Apes is such an unfortunately underappreciated sequel that is of course never comparable to the great original as its action and effects are too campy plus the acting is not the greatest, but they refreshingly took a different direction with this sequel and taking the action to the underground tunnels was intriguing and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that new development, the mutants are memorable and the ending is bold. It is such a fun, ultimately successful sequel that expanded an already vast, wonderful world.
½ March 31, 2017
I don't think it is BAD movie like people are saying, but I don't think it's great either. Beneath The Planet Of The Apes is a continuation of the phenomenal first film. This movie gets a tiny bit off point then it should although the movie is still very interesting and keeps you entertained almost throughout the whole film, it goes a little down hill, and then becomes disappointing. I give it a lot 61%
½ March 26, 2017
This movie was terrible. Lots of unnecessary violence. Just very bad.
March 14, 2017
Seeing Charlton Heston again was pretty cool. But the whole mind control thing was stupid.
February 21, 2017
What the hell? No, seriously, what the hell?
½ February 13, 2017
The oddest entry in a very odd franchise, the first half is almost a beat-for-beat retread of the first film with a less interesting protagonist. Brent is bland variation on the hero that Taylor mocks in his first outing (whereas Taylor and his fellow travellers could be distinguished within moments by their strong, well-defined traits) and there are far too many conveniences the audience has to grant in his adventure. The second half, when the action moves Beneath the planet of the apes, feels very much like an episode of the original Star Trek (complete with good guys battling each other against their wills) and feels just as silly. It does have to be commended for trying build on what had been established and make bold strides away from it in the latter half as well as for daring such an ending, but the new things are not well developed enough and none of it is as compelling as it could be.
½ February 9, 2017
A second set of astronauts crash lands on the planet with a single survivor who ends up finding humans living in the underworld subway ruins of New York from present day. Lots of anti-nuclear messages here. Got too bizarre with the church service worshipping the bomb. Was disappointed Nova only got to speak one word in two films.
November 24, 2016
Beneath is a hodgepodge of desperately random and uninteresting, tedious film tropes that makes this one of the worst sequels to any great classic movie. Beneath has hardly anything to do with the important themes of racism, animal cruelty and dehumanization back in the first film and only wants to tell such a more mind-blowing story either for its' own amusement or for money. This was just terrible, Beneath should be used as an example for movies to do the complete opposite of.
August 27, 2016
Not nearly as good as the first film, but still a good movie.
July 8, 2016
It is not the worst sequel ever made, but it still one that is not worth watching when/if you have other options.
June 25, 2016
It's a amazing how some films seem to gain appreciation with age, yet others lie in the gutter still hopelessly looked at as if they are inadequate, it is in my humble opinion that this is the single greatest sequel of all time, an unpopular opinion I know, but one I'm willing to stand by, it doesn't just rehash the original or haplessly try to tell a less intriguing story, it builds carefully upon the original with a kind of grace, even though this film seemingly at face value looks as though it should be crippled it manages to run full sprint and leap into the air setting a new highpoint. Interesting with it's central plot, surprisingly human with it's characters and all building to a proper conclusion equal to the gradeur of it's potential. If you have not seen it I would highly recommend Beneath the Planet of the Apes... oh and it's ending is simply brilliant
June 3, 2016
Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a decent, if not somewhat clumsy, follow up to a classic picture. Featuring a set of distinct strengths and weaknesses, the film never meshes into a fast-paced, coherent picture, instead at times playing as an all-too-familiar story while at others offering some far-fetched ideas with limited appeal and significance. Still, the movie ends with a bang, and if nothing else, audiences will be eager to find out how the writers concocted three more sequels after the ending presented here.
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