The Planet of the Apes (1968)

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ronny McDowall.
Runtime: 112m

Charlton Heston stars in the luminous 60s sci-fi ‘Planet of the Apes’. The film features some era-astounding effects and surprisingly well-constructed storytelling. Three astronauts wake up from stasis to find their only woman co-worker has died in the midst of their journey. The red cliffs surrounding the sun-reflecting waters they’re pointed shuttle sinks in flows colorfully across the screen and the ventures to the apes begins.

The posse of astronauts find the furry-beasts on clifftops like draped Indians, and are thus stampeded by the many-forces, apes that are efficiently organized to the astronauts unknowing minds, and George Taylor (Charlton Heston) becomes the mainframe protagonist, caged in a prison with other mute proto-humans. He was hit in the throat by an ape, and so he too cannot speak, thus seeming like every other caged human; the attempt to persuade otherwise is often futile, but is the center of the story, for the only way off is by getting two benevolent scientist apes to take him.

George attempts his escape during a biblical reading but is consequentially re-captured. Once he finally beats the ape-ruling scouts with the help of the two ideology breaking scientists, he does not realize that what he will soon come to find is worse than anything imaginable, regardless that he is so far from the world he holds dear. The apes are a mirror of humans: self-centered, always-right, and
religiously indoctrinated.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s