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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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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.
August 13, 2017
This film through imagination, managed the impossible task of doing a sequel to a film that had ended, in a way were no sequel could have been expected. I really like how it reverses the dynamic by turning the apes into fishes out of the water. The comedy focus, with a dark turn at the end, 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.
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.

7.4/10
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
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.
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