Friday, 20 July 2012

escape from the planet of the apes (1971) - don taylor

I'm a sucker for the old 'Planet of the Apes' series of films, and 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' is one of the best.  Three apes travel back in time (don't ask) and return to Earth, whereupon Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and  Zira (Kim Hunter) survive to be quizzed by the government and press, feted by everyone, and then feared because they have foretold of the time when the apes will take over, and the Earth will be destroyed.  When it is discovered Zira is pregnant, the apes have to flee to protect the baby, while being hunted by the president's science advisor, Dr Otto Hasslein.  It doesn't end well for anyone.  Great make up and acting (ape wise) and it's certainly very '1970's', in clothes, colour, attitude and script. It  also raises valid points about the treatment of animals, plus what is right for science and the law, so there's plenty to be mulling over afterwards if you have the inclination. A proper blast from the past.

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