Classic Franchise – Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Director: Ted Post

Writer: Paul Dehn, Mort Abrahams (Screenplay) Pierre Boulle (Characters)

Starring: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Paul Richards, Victor Buono, Charlton Heston

 

Plot: The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Continues Nicely

 

Story: Beneath the Planet of the Apes starts as we continue to see where Taylor (Heston) and Nova (Harrison) travels went after the shocking conclusion of the first movie, but something has split them up and Nova stumbles across the latest visitor Brent (Franciscus) the sole survivor of the rescue mission.

Nova takes Brent to the ape city where Zira (Hunter) continues her mission to show the humans are important, but Dr Zaius (Evans) must join the leader Ursus (Gregory) in a mission into the forbidden zone for answers. Brent learning answers from Zira and Cornelius risks his and Nova’s lives to find the answers that could be peace or safety for the planet of the apes and humans, but what he finds beneath the planet is even more shocking than he could imagine with humans that communicate through telepathic powers.

 

Thoughts on Beneath the Planet of the Apes

 

Characters/PerformanceBrent is one of the rescue team sent to rescue George but finds himself going through the same troubles but also dealing with what is hidden beneath the planet. He isn’t as strong as George though. Zira does have a smaller part but is still trying to create an equality on the planet. Dr Zaius does want the right thing now but doesn’t get enough time to build up this character change. Nova is there clearly for the eye candy with the new humans being a lot more interesting twist in the story.

Performance wise, James Franciscus does reach the levels we got from Heston in the leading role, Hunter and Evans suffer from less screen time but do well enough when they are on screen. The rest of the cast are all fine building the bigger picture within the film.

StoryThe story continues on where the last one finished, which is good, learning more about the planet brings the interest up within the story as we now know we could be heading into a bigger battle on a planet the apes don’t actually control completely. This is a good building part of the franchise.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action is all good without being anything ground breaking, the world we are thrown into does help the sci-fi angle because we continue learning about the planet in the future.

SettingsWe continue to get the desert settings showing us how the world has changed in the future with the destruction that has happened in the past.

Special EffectsFor the time the special effects all work well, sure they have dated but they are all what you would expect from a film of the time.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good addition to the franchise, sure it isn’t as good of a film as the original but it continues the story nicely to make us want to learn more about the planet.

 

Overall: Good franchise addition.

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Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Rob picked this classic war time movie, that somehow I haven’t ever seen, lets see what I thought.rob challenge

logoDirector: Brian G Hutton

Writer: Troy Kennedy-Martin (Screenplay)

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor, Donald Sutherland, Gavin MacLeod, Hal Buckley, Stuart Margolin

Plot: A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

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Verdict: Good Old Fashion War Film

Story: Kelly’s Heroes starts with the American soldiers Kelly (Eastwood) his men discovering the idea of Nazi gold being hidden and use there hostage to learn where it could be. Learning of the Gold Kelly leads his men across enemy lines t risk everything to steal $16 Million in gold even if it is against the orders given.

The plan involves Oddball (Sutherland) leading his men down one path with Kelly coming from another direction, but can they reach their target without being detected by either side of the war.

Kelly’s Heroes starts off very slow as the watch the team slow get bigger as the heist gets closer, I will admit I found this difficult to get through because it makes the cast rather large. When the second half of the movie happens we get the actual heist which all goes very smoothly and brings you attention of the audience until the final scene. I think this is a movie of two halves and could easily have the first half shortened. (7/10)

Actor Review

Clint Eastwood: Kelly is the soldier who learns about the gold and wants to go against the orders to steal the gold, he has to put a team of willing soldiers together to complete the job. Clint does what you would expect from him, play cool calm and collected. (7/10)

Donald Sutherland: Oddball leads a separate group for Kelly who are looking to clear the path for him. He has a different way of doing thing compared to the rest of the soldiers but he will always get the job done. Donald could easily be the highlight of the film by stealing nearly every scene he is in. (9/10)

Support Cast: Kelly’s Heroes has a huge supporting cast of fellow soldiers trying to get involved in the heist, they all help with the final plan.

Director Review: Brian G Hutton – Brian brings us a classic that shows that ust because there was a war going on not everyone wanted to fight each other. (7/10)

Action: Kelly’s Heroes ha plenty of war time action being used throughout. (8/10)

Comedy: Kelly’s Heroes has some good laugh in the right places without being a full blown comedy. (8/10)

War: Kelly’s Heroes has war for a setting without being too much about the conflict between the two sides even though we do get a couple of battles. (7/10)

Settings: Kelly’s Heroes creates authentic settings through for each scene making use feel like we are in the middle of the adventure. (9/10)

Suggestion: Kelly’s Heroes is one to have watched at least once, it is considered a classic which automatically gets the film the respect required. (Watch)

Best Part: Oddball.

Worst Part: Slow starting.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Funniest Scene: Tank is broken.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 24 Minutes

Tagline: Never have so few taken so many for so much.

Overall: Classic what more can you say?

Rating 75