Planet of the Apes
- 1 hr 59 min
Planet of the Apes is a science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Ralph Winter and Richard D. Zanuck. The film is based on the 1963 novel by Pierre Boulle and is a remake of the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes. The film follows the adventures of an astronaut named Leo Davidson after he lands on an alien planet populated by highly intelligent apes that regard humans as their slaves. Ari, a female chimpanzee, helps Leo start a rebellion to free the humans. Planet of the Apes stars Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Tim Roth, Mark Wahlberg and Estella Warren. The story is set in the year 2029. Astronaut Captain Leo Davidson, played by Mark Wahlberg, works with primates specially trained for space missions aboard the United States Air Force space station Oberon. After his coworker, a chimpanzee named Pericles, disappears into an electromagnetic storm, Leo boards a space pod to search for him. He loses his way in the storm and travels through a wormhole in space before crash-landing on a strange planet ruled by humanoid apes. Ari, a compassionate chimpanzee played by Helena Bonham Carter, comes to Leo’s aid and helps him to lead a rebellion against the Gorilla Army commanded by General Thade, played by Tim Roth, and his greatest military officer, Colonel Attar, played by Michael Clarke Duncan. In order to defeat the ruling apes, Leo and his human and primate allies must travel to a sacred temple inside the planet’s Forbidden Zone to find the secrets to the past and the key to saving the human slaves. The 119-minute film was released in the United States in 2001. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. Planet of the Apes received mixed reviews, but was successful financially.