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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

1973
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 33m
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaves humans to live in peace. But warning factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability. (imdb)
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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

1973
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 33m
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Rated 10 Mar 2018
64
16th
The ending of the last film suggested there was no more story to tell & so it is. This does initially manage to carve out yet another rung of human-ape relations & provides one of the series' better metaphors for race relations (re: the rules surrounding the N-word), but after that, it's at least an excruciatingly long hour of well telegraphed & unimpressive confrontations. Given what the series has done before the climax is still uncertain, but it's taken far too long to get there.
Rated 08 May 2024
58
23rd
Pretty much just a dull action movie by the end of it.
Rated 19 Jun 2017
33
10th
I'm confused about this: it took 12 years for the Earth to go from the society in Conquest to what we see in the this and then it just stayed that same fucking way for 2000 years with no development or social change? They changed everything in a decade and then it just stayed that way forever? Gorillas being assholes but still part of the tribe and everything? Only humans forgot to talk at some point? That's one effective revolution. Also how often to real apes die from falling out of trees?
Rated 02 Oct 2020
61
43rd
Far from terrible.
Rated 13 Aug 2012
3
73rd
Shame
Rated 03 Sep 2013
54
25th
* Casting, Acting : 5 * Script : 5.5 * Directing, Aura : 5 * Ease of Viewing : 6 * Naked Eye : 5.5
Rated 13 Aug 2014
20
9th
The school bus escape is one of the funniest things to see, but the rest is just sh*t.
Rated 12 May 2017
30
9th
Flogging a dead horse.
Rated 01 Dec 2017
40
11th
The lowest point of the franchise. The budget is clearly low, the acting fairly bad, the photography and overall direction mediocre and the tempo slow. The duration might be small but a lot of scenes are longer than they should be and that just goes to show how sketchy this film is. Moreover, the philosophical questions that rendered the 1968 original a weighty classic are herein degraded to simplistic shallowness. It might not be an abomination but it's pretty boring all in all.
Rated 15 Jan 2019
70
43rd
A few decades afters the previous movie human have destroyed most of the world in a nuclear war and Caesar lives and rules in a small society in which apes and humans live together (but not equally). The budget by now is very low and that starts to show in the lack of extras and production design. Still I liked how this society was depicted and it was pretty entertaining.
Rated 25 Aug 2019
50
22nd
Easily the worst of the original 5 movies, yet I appreciate it for what it is. It is very straightforward and it brings the original series to a close. I appreciate that they brought the mutants back and brought everything home with a relatively satisfying conclusion. Despite not being great, it is worth watching in my opinion and if you enjoyed the series up to this point you won't be disappointed.
Rated 30 Dec 2011
60
8th
The best thing about this is John Huston dressed as an ape tellin a children's story.
Rated 27 Aug 2021
23
14th
The worst of the original five films by a mile, it basically exists to reinforce the inferior amended ending of Conquest. I want to know how they persuaded John Huston to be in this and put on an orangutan costume.
Rated 23 May 2023
45
10th
The final chapter in this series ends with a bit of a whimper. You get the realization that by the apes that they have the same ill-fated tendencies of the humans but it is done surrounded by a lackluster battle with its lackluster budget showing.
Rated 15 Dec 2023
3
28th
Not unwatchable, but neither the premise or the setting or the themes feel as well developed as the last couple films. I respect them trying to do a big final battle war sequence with an obviously shoestring budget lol; an attempt was made.
Rated 04 Mar 2024
40
17th
An even bigger snorefest than the second 70s Apes movie. I'm amazed this series didn't continue because it still made money even though the budget continues to shrink (8 times its investment per Wikipedia). Due to its weird premise, it always needs a star to hang onto and McDowall is sleepwalking through this role now. I suppose it just seems like there's no good ideas to mine in the Ape future and they already went back into the past before.
Rated 05 May 2024
63
66th
This is probably the most interesting take on ape society, depicting a virtuous leader who believes in peaceful harmony but still presides over and advocates for an unequal society and there's a lot of interesting nuances that's brought up with this dynamic. Unfortunately, I think the movie ends up walking away from this to justify a very lame conflict with a bunch mutated humans who were just as lame as they were in the 2end movie but I do like the ambiguous ending that it leaves off on.
Rated 11 May 2024
28
5th
In “Battle for the Planet of the Apes,” they stopped caring. Even the base premises, like all the apes can talk after what I guess is less than twenty years, are ridiculous. The plot and character interactions don’t get any better.
Rated 29 May 2024
64
51st
Battle for the PotA is the most optimistic film in the franchise. It doesn't completely abandon its closed loop premise, but rather offers an alternative. The dialogue is slightly better, especially between Caesar, Virgil & MacDonald (who is clunkily explained to be the younger brother of the black guy with the same from the previous film, twice). Unfortunately the low budget and quick turnover didn't afford the same luxury to Kolp's human antagonists or they're slow attack on ape city. Alright.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
18
4th
Planet of the Apes film series successfully finishes the downward spiral.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
5th
The tragic cycle of events punctuated so effectively by "Conquest" is retooled for the Saturday morning matinee crowd. Awful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
14th
The last and least of the original ape movies... Next up the lame 70's TV show
Rated 21 Feb 2008
46
19th
Messy.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
81
63rd
This is a well-made movie. Not the best in the series, but as sequels go, it works pretty well as a concept movie.
Rated 18 Oct 2008
17
11th
Jo flere i række, jo dårligere i kvalitet...
Rated 20 Nov 2008
0
4th
I thought the costumes for the previous two films were bad.. This is plastic-fantastic. This manages to combine every mistake made in the previous film with some new ones. This last installment in the series is also the worst. The writing is constantly atrocious and the plot holes are gaping. At least all the other sequels added some sort of inventive idea, although executed in a horrible manner. This should be avoided altogether. I honestly didn't think it could get much worse after Conquest.
Rated 25 Dec 2008
29
9th
One of the worst of the series as a film, but the social commentary is very interesting.
Rated 30 Apr 2009
77
13th
Sort of the Saturday Morning version of the Apes saga.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
81
39th
For the final instalment on the POTA series J. Lee Thompson does a fine job (for what this is) on a low budget. I had this episode as a comic book when I was a kid and loved it. Still do. Of course, one may wonder where did the director's brilliance displayed on "Guns of Navarone" or "Cape Fear" went but that's a different issue.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
43
22nd
The fifth and final Apes movie is certainly the weakest. Fans of the series will like how this cleverly dovetails into the beginning of the first movie but a slow first hour and obviously low budget soon take their toll.
Rated 29 Sep 2009
78
27th
Totally cheesy but I love it.
Rated 11 Dec 2009
67
25th
Little to recommend beyond monkeys and stuff blowing up. Script is full of only cardboard cut outs with little reason or motivation left. That characters would actually justify their actions is furthermost from this film's mind. Its only redemption, ironically, is its Hollywood ending.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
30
24th
The silliest entry in the series. Made on a shoestring and it shows. Still mildly entertaining, but as it's meant to close the circle on the APES story, you know exactly how it's going to turn out.
Rated 24 Aug 2011
45
23rd
The saga is finished in a bad, lousy chapter. Unbearably poor.
Rated 31 Aug 2011
30
13th
The first movie is great, and the rest in the saga all have some nice part and then the most of them are from bad to decent. Sadly I don't remember what was that in this one... I think it wasn't more than 5 minutes idea. The rest is quite bad, has lack of originallity, and just a bit entertaining. Whatever, this is the worst Planet of the Apes from original saga.
Rated 07 Sep 2011
54
43rd
It's clearly not actually very good! The budget, even for 1973 was clearly pathetic and much of this last original 'Apes' installment looks terribly cheap. The screenplay is a curious one too? It starts okay, with some good dialogue but slowly descends into idiocy. But despite the short runtime, undeveloped but promising plot, and curious decline in quality towards the end, I still enjoyed the final fling of the original 'Ape' movies. It's just so charming, and somehow stupidly enjoyable!
Rated 19 Dec 2011
20
13th
That this movie was given a theatrical release surprises me. The decline in FX/makeup quality from the last film continues, and is completely unforgivable this time. Unlike Conquest... this one has nothing else to offer. No politics, no humor, no pathos, no Montalban, no moral-- nothin'. The TV series was actually much better, and that show stunk.

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