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Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Caesar and pals turn up in the past, our present which is of course now the past for all groups concerned but only relevant to the various points of both the future and past present, to try and reason with 20th Century man despite the fact that the only 20th Century man they’ve ever actually spoken to was Charlton Heston. Instead of considering their plea to previous generations they’d have been better served spending the journey working out whether they’d prefer to spend the rest of their lives in historic circus or historic zoo. Never liked this one, although it does niftily get round budget restrictions by just having the two apes for most of it. And, as we’ll never stop pointing out, it has that “artist painting a picture of the artist…” speech, which we really like, as not only is it daft made-up pseudo-science, which is always good to hear coming out of actor’s mouths, but it has absolutely no relevance to what it’s supposed to be explaining, or indeed to anything at all. Roddy fans will be unsurprised to hear this was his favourite of all “the Apes series”. As, er, it’s the one he’s in the most.

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  1. THX 1139

    July 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    A film that starts and ends with a punchline, but the best bit is Jerry Goldsmith’s theme over the opening credits, which is a fantastic piece of music and features bass that would have made Serge Gainsbourg green with envy.

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