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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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½ April 27, 2018
Even though it lacks in story, the campy nature drives the film forward.
½ January 21, 2018
A third sequel was required after the popularity of the second, in this third installment, Zira and Cornelius escape ape planet and end up in 1973 earth splashing down in the Pacific. The apes are initially accepted into American society, but fears about their offspring leads to conflict. This series continues the social commentary tackling racial conflict,. Escapes adds a great addition to the already growing library of ape movies and is over well done and enjoyable movie.
December 25, 2017
The third film in the Apes series takes a new twist by not having humans crash land on a planet ruled by apes and instead has three apes crash land on modern day earth (or at least 1970s earth). The talking, intelligent apes become the toast of the town upon their arrival, but there are sinister government forces who fear them and believe them to be a threat to humanity. After a lot of light comedy during the first part of the film, the apes go on the run from the government agents who want to kill them. Escape is one of the weaker Apes film, but it is interesting that the villains of the picture are actually correct (if you've seen the other films in the series) in that the apes do eventually take over the world, although it's humanity's fault, due to their own fear and distrust. However, those more interesting of topics are not covered in this film and it is instead a fish-out-of-water comedy for the first and second acts and a not especially exciting of chase film for the final act. The first "Planet of the Apes" film, written by Rod Serling, more interestingly addressed this idea of who's the real bad-guy in the original film's conclusion, where the villainous Dr. Zaius is revealed to know the truth behind humankind destroying itself, and that intelligent humans would genuinely pose a threat to the Ape world, as unequal, backwards, and flawed as that society may be. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter return as Cornelius and Zira, and you also get Albert Salmi, M. Emmet Walsh, Ricardo Montalban in a nice cameo leading to sequels to come, and Sal Mineo briefly appearing as an ape (he apparently did not like the ape make-up and asked to be written out of the script). Jerry Goldsmith also returns to provide the film an excellent rousing score. Overall, this isn't that good of an Apes film, but it is still entertaining.
December 23, 2017
A pretty fun and interesting idea.
December 19, 2017
Puntaje Original: 5.5

Aún no se entiende la necesidad de extender esta franquicia para aniquilar a entrañables personajes del film original en historias trilladas y pensadas para fines comerciales, perdiendo la esencia que volvió tan genial al film original. Sin embargo debo reconocer que este lanzamiento me pareció encantador y conmovedor.
½ December 11, 2017
This film through imagination, managed the impossible task of doing a meaningful sequel to a film where all the protagonits had semingly died. and moved the forward the franchise by moving the story in a direction no sequel could have been expected, backwards. I really like how it reverses the dynamic by turning the apes into fishes out of the water. The comedy focus is great because it makes the dark turn at the end, hit harder. I like it a lot. Also the elements of time travel, and the ethical dilemma of attacking a threat before it becomes a threat as means to save the humanity from an impending doom. The one thing about this film is that it must be seen indeed as the middle chapter of an on-going saga. The apes in this films give great performances, and is very interesting how this film allows them to become the protagonists of the story. Zira and Cornelius, are played by the same actor from the first film.
September 22, 2017
After the rather drastic finale of the first sequel, the "Planet of the Apes" franchise avoids the dead end by setting "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" in 1973. This time the talking apes are the visitors to the human society: it plays like an - interesting - reverse version of the classic first film, only more humorous (for the biggest part), but also, just like the first sequel, cheaper and a lot less weighty from a philosophical aspect.
½ August 7, 2017
The was a pretty enjoyable film. The time travel part was weird but this was more fun the the other films until the end. It had a very dark ending to it.

August 4, 2017
Slow and has a corny feel. Necessary for the next 2. Basically a set up movie.
July 30, 2017
The third instalment of the original franchise. After the climax of the second film, the saga could only head into one direction. Although it isn't as enjoyable as the films situated in the world dominated by Apes, the switch to Earth works well. A lot more melodramatic than science fiction and it should have been the final instalment of this saga.
July 29, 2017
Puntaje Original: 5.5

Aún no se entiende la necesidad de extender esta franquicia para aniquilar a entrañables personajes del film original en historias trilladas y pensadas para fines comerciales, perdiendo la esencia que volvió tan genial al film original. Sin embargo debo reconocer que este lanzamiento me pareció encantador y conmovedor.
July 23, 2017
Although there is a strong 70s vibe reaching camp-levels, "Escape" is a return to the socio-political commentary roots of the original. Character-driven, funny (sometimes unintentionally) and thought-provoking.
½ July 14, 2017
The previous film had interesting ideas and an ending I wasn't expecting but it was ultimately deeply flawed however this second sequel to the original Planet of the Apes film is a much stronger effort. It doesn't start off on the strongest footing however as I don't for one moment believe the events detailed that happened parallel but off camera to the ending of the last film but it does at least allow this film to exist and the rest of the film is relatively solid. Roddy McDowall returns to join Kim Hunter who both work really well together, Jerry Goldsmith also returns to score the film which is great, the plot and script focus more on the characters and the social issues than action which makes their journey all the more engrossing as it goes from a fish out of water comedy to a finale that is both brutal and deeply emotional. So yes it is flawed in some ways (the supporting cast isn't the best for instance) but it makes up for the previous film and then some.
½ July 12, 2017
Not as compelling as the first, but definitely better than the last. Escape is a flawed, but enjoyable third entry in the POTA franchise that is sometimes both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
July 10, 2017
This movie is so fucking good. A much worthier successor to the 1968 masterpiece. It is more humorous than the previous two, but just as dark if not darker. It returns to its social commentary roots and the welcome return of Roddy McDowell, the heart of the series. The soul, belongs to Kim Hunter. The wonderful Ricardo Montalbon makes his first appearance in the series and he is just that. Wonderful! I hate and love the ending. It is far and away the best sequel in the original series.
July 8, 2017
Escape takes the focus back to Cornelius and Zira, having fun with them on Earth. But, it becomes overly cartoonish. Another addition to the franchise below the high standards of the first that never really explains how these events happened.
½ July 6, 2017
A small step-up from Beneath but not quite as outstanding as the original.
July 3, 2017
Escape is a rather abrupt turn in tone from the previous two installments. It gives us great character moments but lacks the action and thrills that the series is known for. Overall it is still a satisfying time-traveling anthropomorphic ape adventure.
½ June 2, 2017
not bad I love the commentary
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