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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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½ June 2, 2017
not bad I love the commentary
May 4, 2017
I can see why the critics love Escape from the Planet of the Apes as it is rich in themes and pleasantly slow paced and more character-driven, but to me it was safer that way and less entertaining which is why I liked the previous movie more. The humor is also hit-or-miss. But the film is still very well scripted, Zira is very well utilized here and there are many great scenes such as that wonderful ending leading to a pretty satisfactory sequel in the end.
½ March 26, 2017
This is a very good movie! Because it's just about Zira and Cornelius, it's very funny. A very good third edition to the sequel!
March 17, 2017
more thrilling than ever.
February 13, 2017
It was a great general conceit to make the second sequel the inverse of the original movie, where the protagonists are trapped on the planet of human apes. While it is used to show up some of the hypocrisy of our civilisation; there's a smattering of social satire and a typically powerful ending, a lot of potential is squandered on the lightest of the Apes series. The characters of Cornelius and Zira are entertaining and endearing enough to keep the audience invested in here, but a little more undevelopment would have elevated it among the best of the franchise. Ultimately this entry in the series is more interesting for what it sets up for sequels than standing on its own merits; a situation reversed from its predecessors.
½ February 10, 2017
Really just a remake of the original only with apes Zira and Cornelius travelling back in time to present day and having to endure some humans who hunt them down out of fear. Highlight was seeing long-time channel 7 Detroit news anchor Bill Bonds play himself.
November 24, 2016
Escape is acceptable and heart-touching, making it one of the more decent three-quels to any original movie.
½ November 5, 2016
Best of the sequels as the Apes travel back from the future to modern day Earth in Taylor's spaceship, setting the course to explain the events that would bring the series full circle. A pleasure to see legendary Detroit news anchor Bill Bonds play himself.
September 24, 2016
Ons of the best films of the first saga.
August 27, 2016
I love Cornelius in this one, really happy when I saw Roddy McDowall played Ceasar in the sequel as well.
July 30, 2016
With a ridiculously wonderful opening reveal, this movie is joyfully entertaining despite the dark, sad turn it takes on in the final act. The whole notion of the apes getting back to 1970s earth is nonsense but oddly that is soon forgotten as the pace, acting and writing serve to carry you happily along for the ride.
July 17, 2016
This seems to be the most popular of the "Planet of the Apes" sequels. I can't say that it resonates very strongly with me. It's a decent film, but it's light, goofy tone appeals much less to than it's grim, serious successor and even it's patently ridiculous, but fun predecessor. In many ways it's the "Star Trek IV" of this series, so I can see why it appeals to people, but I'm not one of them. The budget is obviously a lot smaller here. The magnificent make-up effects of the first film are replaced by some pretty cheap rubber-mask-looking work here.
June 3, 2016
Escape From the Planet of the Apes offers audiences a story that basically takes the first film and reverses the circumstances, but adds in an abundance of humor and subtracts much of the power and sense of wonder engendered by that first film. The story is a bit of a stretch, and some of the plot points seem far too contrived, but the film does end with a rather powerful, unexpected twist that, once again, leaves viewers curious to see where the next film will go.
March 18, 2016
Third slice of simian hokum. But at least it lightens up - at times you could think you were watching an episode of The Monkees - and we at last get fewer ponderous courtroom scenes and more emotional investment in the plight of the apes. Jerry Goldsmith compensates for the sometimes funereal pacing, and Roddy McDowall is better than usual as chief ape. Poor Kim Hunter - from Streetcar to this.
February 20, 2016
Just as Earth was destroyed at the end of the second film in the series, the kind and popular apes Cornelius and Zira managed to escape only to arrive in Earth in common present time. Their ability to speak of course fascinates humans, but as it becomes known what could happen in the future, the existence of the apes themselves is threatened. The third apes film is quite different from the first two films, and at some point seems to be too comedic. The film has some interesting points, and does manage to advance the story, but is easily the least interesting and original of the trilogy.
February 8, 2016
Not perfect, but much more enjoyable and involving than Beneath.
January 22, 2016
Escape from the Planet of the Apes is the first movie to stand out from the others, and tells a completely different story, while still being a major part in the Planet of the Apes storyline. It migh be dragged down in some parts, and is deinfately not as enjoayable throughout, but the ending is just as satisfying as ever, and sets the stage for the last two movies of the original series.
December 23, 2015
Of all the Apes flims, this one is only exceeded by the original and Dawn. The main reason this works so well is the relationship the apes from the future have with the humans of the present. There are humorous and engaging moments as both human and ape find commonality. However, as you know, that's got to come to an end at some point. A whole lot of death and destruction could certainly be avoided if human- and apekind were just a little more kind. Ah, but where would all that dystopia go? But again, as we find in all the Apes movies, it's not really humans or apes that are the problem, but rather a natural tendency to fear and thus preservation via the elimination of the "other." The message time and again is that all sentient beings must find respect for all. It is here where we need to be. We see that message in Cornelius and Zira, Caesar and Mr. McDonald. But ultimately it is the power of fear that has the last say, as it does here in Escape. An enjoyable film, even one lacking the sophistication and artistry brought about by 21st century film technology.
½ December 9, 2015
Me resulta poco agradable de ver aunque el viaje temporal y el reinicio de la saga es muy interesante.
½ December 3, 2015
Hunter and McDowall are splendid in this fine sequel that strikes a perfect balance between appropriate gravity and much-needed levity.
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