March 24, 2012

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, 1972. An intelligent ape leads a revolution. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Written by Paul Dehn, based on characters by Pierre Boulle (but not really). Starring Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Hari Rhodes & Ricardo Montalban.

Concept: 3/4 (Good). The only one of the Apes sequels that wasn't completely uncalled for.
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 0/4 (Terrible)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 2/4 (Indifferent). The apes actually look a little better here than they did in part 2. I want to know why every single person in the future (1991) wears the same turtleneck/blazer combo; the explanation for that is probably more chilling than this whole ape revolt business.
Acting: 1/4 (Bad). McDowall is pretty good, though.
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (2/4, Indifferent). Pretty entertaining, considering how completely awful the writing is. It's a bad you can enjoy. There are even a few good moments, where you can see the potential for the remake.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.7/4 (Eh)

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