Planet of the Apes (2001)When a pilot gets in a shuttle and leaves his spacecraft he crashes into an unknown planet.  Soon the pilot discovers that this world he is on is ruled by apes and humans are treated like animals.  It is up to the pilot to escape his prison that the apes have him in and he must meet up with other humans in order to make the apes realize that the humans aren’t their enemies and he must find a way to get off this planet and find a way back to his home.  As he does this he will have to discover the true secret behind the planet that is ruled by apes.

The movie opens with Captain Leo Davidson, who is played by Mark Wahlburg, and other crew members of a spacecraft in space.  A chimp has just been launched into space with one of the mini-shuttles that is on the spacecraft.  Captain Leo decides to go after the chimp only to find a storm in his way.  He goes through the storm and loses contact with his spaceship.  Soon his shuttle is heading towards a strange new planet and it tears into the forest finally crashing into a lake.  The shuttle sinks to the bottom and is completely ruined.  Captain Davidson manages to get out and swims to the surface.  There he finds other humans but he is soon running for his life as a group of apes attack the humans.  Captain Davidson is soon captured and is brought into a cage with other humans.  There he is sold to the one ape who likes humans.  Later on Captain Leo escapes from the ape’s cage and frees other humans, with the help of three other apes the humans manage to escape and together they run from the apes in hopes of finding the sacred city where the apes have never been.  Deep in this city they will discover the true origins of the apes.

I had been a fan of the original Planet of the Apes movies for a long time.  I remember seeing them when I was really young, but I really don’t remember much of them.  I am going to have to rent them sometime and watch them again.  Well it seems like everything they have been releasing these days, or are planning to release are remakes and Planet of the Apes is another remake.  Mark Wahlburg does a wonderful job playing our lead.  The movie starts out really good, yet it starts to weaken while the humans are still caged.  When the humans plan their break that is really where the film picks up, and from then on out it is non-stop.  So if you’re a fan of the original Planet of the Apes movies, then I think you will like this one.  It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s not horrible either.  I recommend giving this one a rental.  I give it a 7 out of 10.

Posted on June 29, 2008

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