April 5, 2012

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1973. Apes and humans battle for the planet of the apes. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Written by John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington; story by Paul Dehn, based on characters by Pierre Boulle (but not really). Starring Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Paul Williams & Austin Stoker.

Concept: 3/4 (Good). Post-apocalyptic battle? Okay!
Story: 0/4 (Terrible). The basic plot points could have made a good story, but the execution is at an exceptional level of terrible.
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 0/4 (Terrible). A contender for the worst dialog ever written.
Pacing: 0/4 (Terrible). It's a 90-minute action movie, and yet it's excruciatingly boring. How did they even do that?
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 1/4 (Bad)
Acting: 1/4 (Bad)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4). Unrelentingly awful. But without any of the camp value of the fourth movie. Just awful.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.1/4 (Bad)

(update of a previous post - original is here (and I don't know what I was thinking, giving this a 6/10)

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