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Ceaser is disappointed by all the People letting him down; He just wants coexistence & to be left alone it looks like us People;

Ceasar heads a nation of genetically-evolved gorillas, & manages to secure a coexistence with a tiny group of people; In fact, they even develop friendship; However coexistence becomes harder to maintain;People are facing potential genocide at the hands of the virus unleashed 10 years earlier; However they will not go quietly into the night; & while some fight for coexistence, most seem willing to just fight;

‘‘Sorry, my friend,’‘ Ceasar tells his human friend; ‘‘War has begun;’‘

A new & quickly growing race of genetically evolved gorillas led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a 10 years prior; They reach a fragile coexistence, however it becomes short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a armed conflict that will determine who will emerge as Our planet’s dominant species;

The greater part of the scenery for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has assumed a dark, scary tone, which should’ve been anticipated from a movie about genetically enhanced gorillas waging war on a dwindling peoples society; But, there seems to be a lot of heart at the core of this sequel, specifically in the relationship built between Caesar & Malcolm {Jordan Clarke};


As you can see, Caesar appers to get very attached to Malcolm, after the man bonds with the gorillas & attempts to forge a coexistence between their two species; Of course, not all goes as planned; From the looks of it, Malcolm butts heads with Dreyfus & their differences eventually escalate into a fight for their lives;

Remember, ‘‘Apes, Together, Strong’‘

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starts with the events of the previous movie; In the new trailer, simian flu has brought doom people, creating conflict between the gorillas & people;

Oldman seems as the vengeful Dreyfus, who wouldn’t stop at anything to take over the Earth, while Serkis repeats his role as the genius primate Caesar;

This movie is a sequel to 2011’s The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco & Freida Pinto, & saw scientists mistakenly produced advanced primates & spreading a virus fatal to people;

The movie is somewhat based on the 1972 movie Conquest of the Planet of the Apes however it is not a remake of the movie;

Planet of the Apes has changed and grew a lot in last the 51 years when French writer Pierre Boulle showed us the world in which gorillas became the dominant species;


Hail Caesar

Developed by Chernin Entertainment & delivered by Twenty-First Century Fox  , this movie isn't so different of Boulle's novel as it is a sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes; In that film, the effects of a mind-changin formula are transported on to chimpanzee Caesar, who, in turn, gives rise to the whole population of perceptive primates;

According to Rotten Tomatoes  about82% of critics & 77% of fans enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes; The film received an A- CinemaScore on the way to $176.8 million in US grosses & $481.8 million worldwide, based on Box Office Mojo figures; On the other hand, X-Men: First Class received only $3536 million;

The movie begins 4 years after the events of the 1st, when James Franco turned his gorilla Caesar into a genius & then all the other gorillas got the genius virus & things went crazy; Cities were ruined & bridges filled with rampaging evolved monkeys;

Now, the gorillas rule the place — they eventually all got smart & took over the world — & lush trees & forestation grow over the concrete jungles; A tiny band of people remain, led by the clashing Jason Clarke {he's for constructive dialogue with his monkey oppressors} & Gary Oldman {more of a shoot first, ask questions later kind of guy};

To no surprise, as we've seen throughout peoples history, the one advocating armed conflict wins that argument;

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 US science fiction movie directed by Franklin J; Schaffner, based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle; The movie stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter, James Whitmore, James Daly, & Linda Harrison; It was the first in a series of five movies made between 1968 & 1973, all produced by Arthur P; Jacobs & released by 20th Century Fox;

The movie tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future; Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which gorillas have evolved into creatures with people-like intelligence & speech; The gorillas have assumed the role of the dominant species & people are mute creatures wearing animal skins;

The written version was originally written by Rod Serling however underwent many rewrites before moviemaking eventually started; Directors J; Lee Thompson & Blake Edwards were approached, however the movie's producer Arthur P; Jacobs, upon the recommendation of Charlton Heston, chose Franklin J; Schaffner to direct the movie; Schaffner's changes included creating a more primitive ape society, instead of the more expensive idea of having futuristic buildings & advanced technology; Moviemaking took place between May 21–August 10, 1967, in California, Utah & Arizona, with desert sequences shot in & around Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; The movie's final ‘‘closed’‘ budget was $5,799,157;

The movie was released on February 8, 1968, in the United States & was a commercial success, earning a lifetime domestic gross of $32,589,624; The movie was groundbreaking for its prosthetic makeup techniques by artist John Chambers, & was well received by critics & audiences, launching a movie franchise, including four sequels, as well as a short-lived television show, animated series, comic books, & various merchandising; In particular, Roddy McDowall had a long-running relationship with the Gorillas series, appearing in four of the original five films {absent, apart from a brief voiceover, from the second movie of the series, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in which he was replaced by David Watson in the role of Cornelius}, & also in the television series;

The original series was followed by Tim Burton's remake Planet of the Apes in 2001 & the reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011; Also in 2001, Planet of the Apes was selected for preservation in the United States National Movie Registry by the Library of Congress as being ‘‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’‘;

Astronauts George Taylor {Charlton Heston}, John Landon {Robert Gunner}, Dodge {Jeff Burton} & Lieutenant Stewart {Dianne Stanley, uncredited} are in deep hibernation when their spaceship crashes in a lake on an unknown planet after a long near-light speed voyage, during which, due to time dilation, the crew ages only 18 months; As the ship sinks, Taylor finds their shipmate Stewart dead & her body desiccated; They throw an inflatable boat from the ship, & climb down into it; before departing the ship, Taylor notes that the current year is AD 3978; Once ashore Dodge performs a soil test & pronounces the soil incapable of maintaining life;

Malibu Creek State Park, part of which was formerly the 20th Century-Fox Ranchll, was the location of the astronauts' initial encounter with primitive people & superior gorillas, & of Taylor's, Zira's, & Cornelius's running away from Ape City;

After leaving the boat, the astronauts set off through a desert; Eventually, they encounter plant life; They find an oasis at the edge of the desert & decide to go swimming, ignoring strange & eerie scarecrow-like figures; While they are swimming, their clothes are stolen; Pursuing the thieves, the astronauts find their clothes torn into pieces, their supplies destroyed & the perpetrators — a group of mute, primitive people dressed in torn clothes — contentedly raiding a cornfield; Taylor is attracted to one of the people, whom he later names Nova {Linda Harrison};

Suddenly, armed, uniformed apes on horseback charge through the cornfield, brandishing firearms, snares, & nets; They capture some people & kill the rest; Dodge is shot in the back & killed; Landon is wounded & rendered unconscious; Taylor is shot in the throat; The gorillas take Taylor to Ape City, where his life is saved after a blood transfusion by two chimpanzees & animal psychologist Zira {Kim Hunter} & surgeon Galen {Wright King}; While his wound is healing, he is unable to speak;

Taylor discovers that the various gorillas, who can talk & are in control, are in a strict caste system: gorillas are the police, military, hunters & workers; orangutans are administrators, politicians, lawyers & priests; & chimpanzees are intellectuals & scientists; People, who are believed by the gorillas to be unable to talk, are considered vermin & are hunted for sport, killed outright, enslaved, or used in scientific experiments;

Zira & her fiancé, Cornelius {Roddy McDowall}, an archaeologist, take an interest in Taylor, whom Zira has named ‘‘Bright Eyes’‘; Taylor attempts to communicate by writing in the dirt, but Nova, who has been following him around, attempts to destroy his writing with her hands; The letters she doesn't destroy are obliterated by Zira's & Cornelius's superior, an orangutan named Dr; Zaius {Maurice Evans}; Back in his cage, Taylor steals Zira's pencil & notebook & uses it to write the message: My name is Taylor; Zira & Cornelius gets convinced that Taylor is intelligent, however upon learning of this, Dr; Zaius orders that Taylor be castrated;

Taylor manages to run & during his flight through Ape City finds himself in a museum, where Dodge's stuffed & eyeless corpse is now on display; When Taylor is recaptured by gorillas, he overcomes his injured throat, & roars one of the movie's most famous lines, ‘‘Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape’‘

A tribunal to determine Taylor's origins is convened by the president of the Assembly {James Whitmore}, Dr; Zaius, & Dr; Maximus {Woodrow Parfrey}; Dr; Honorious {James Daly} is the prosecutor; Taylor mentions his two comrades; The court produces Landon, who has been subjected to a lobotomy that has rendered him catatonic, & unable to speak;

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, near Page, Arizona, was a part of the Forbidden Zone, through which Taylor, Zira, & Cornelius fled Ape City;

After the tribunal, Dr; Zaius privately threatens to lobotomize Taylor if he does not tell the truth about where he came from; With help from Zira's socially-rebellious nephew Lucius {Lou Wagner}, Zira & Cornelius free Taylor & Nova & take them to the Forbidden Zone, a taboo region outside Ape City that has been out of bounds for centuries by Ape law; A year earlier, Cornelius led an expedition into the Forbidden Zone that found a cave containing artifacts of an earlier non-simian {believed-to-be human} civilization; The group sets out for the cave to answer questions Taylor has about the evolution of the ape world & to prove he is not of that world;

Arriving at the cave, Cornelius is intercepted by Dr; Zaius & his soldiers; Taylor, now armed, holds them at bay, threatening to shoot them if necessary; Zaius agrees to enter the cave to disprove their theories & to avoid physical harm to Cornelius & Zira; Cornelius displays the remnants of a technologically advanced peoples society pre-dating simian history; Taylor identifies artifacts such as dentures, eyeglasses, a heart valve &, to the gorillas' astonishment, a talking children's doll; More soldiers appear & Lucius is overpowered, however Taylor again fends them off;

The final scene was filmed at Point Dume's Westward Beach on the Malibu coast;

Dr; Zaius is held hostage so Taylor can run, however admits to Taylor that he has always known that a peoples civilization existed long before gorillas ruled the planet, & that ‘‘the Forbidden Zone was once a paradise, [man] made a desert of it… ages ago’‘ Taylor is skeptical, & prepares to search for answers, however Dr; Zaius warns him that he may not like what he finds; Once Taylor & Nova have ridden off on horseback, Dr; Zaius has the gorillas lay explosives to seal off the cave & destroy the remaining evidence of the peoples society; He has Zira, Cornelius & Lucius charged with heresy;

Taylor & Nova, at last free, follow the shoreline & eventually discover the beach-covered remains of the Statue of Liberty, revealing that this ‘‘alien’‘ planet is actually post-apocalyptic Earth; Taylor dismounts the horse, & falls to his knees in despair & anger, condemning humanity for destroying the world;

Producer Arthur P; Jacobs bought the rights for the Pierre Boulle novel before its publication in 1963; Jacobs pitched the production to many studios, however was passed over; After Jacobs made a successful debut as a producer doing 1964's What a Way to Go {1964} for 20th Century Fox & begun pre-production of another movie for the studio, Doctor Dolittle, he managed to convince Fox vice-president Richard D; Zanuck to greenlight Planet of the Apes;

One written version that came close to being made was written by The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, though it was finally rejected for a number of reasons; A prime concern was cost, as the technologically advanced ape society portrayed by Serling's written version would have involved expensive sets, props & special effects; The previously blacklisted screenwriter Michael Wilson was brought in to rewrite Serling's written version &, as suggested by director Franklin J; Schaffner, the ape society was made more primitive as a way of reducing costs; Serling's stylized twist ending {a trademark from his Twilight Zone days} was retained, & became one of the most famous movie endings of all time; The exact location & state of decay of the Statue of Liberty changed over several storyboards; One version depicted the statue buried up to its nose in the middle of a jungle while another depicted the statue in pieces;

To convince the Fox Studio that a Planet of the Apes movie could be made, the producers shot a brief test scene from a Rod Serling draft of the written version, using early versions of the ape makeup; Charlton Heston appeared as an early version of Taylor {named Thomas, as he was in the Serling-penned drafts}, Edward G; Robinson appeared as Zaius, while two then-unknown Fox contract actors, James Brolin & Linda Harrison, played Cornelius & Zira; This test footage is included on several DVD releases of the movie, as well as the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes; Linda Harrison, at the time the girlfriend of studio chief Richard Zanuck, went on to play Nova in the 1968 movie & its first sequel, & had a cameo in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes more than 30 years later, which was also produced by Richard Zanuck; Although Harrison often opined that the producers had always had her in mind for the role of Nova, they had, in fact, considered first Ursula Andress, then Raquel Welch, & Angelique Pettyjohn; When these three women proved unavailable or uninterested, Zanuck gave the part to Harrison; Dr; Zaius was originally to have been played by Robinson, however he backed out due to the heavy makeup & long sessions required to apply it; Robinson later made his final movie, Soylent Green {1973}, opposite his one-time 10 Commandments {1956} co-star Heston;

Michael Wilson's rewrite kept the basic structure of Serling's screenplay however rewrote all the dialogue & set the script in a more primitive society; According to associate producer Mort Abrahams an additional uncredited writer {his only recollection was that the writer's last name was Kelly} polished the written version, rewrote some of the dialogue & included some of the more heavy-handed tongue-in-cheek dialogue {‘‘I never met an ape I didn't like’‘} which wasn't in either Serling or Wilson's drafts; According to Abraham some scenes such as the one where the judges imitate the ‘‘See no evil, speak no evil & hear no evil’‘ monkeys were improvised on the set by director Franklin J; Schaffner & kept in the final movie because of the audience reaction during test screenings prior to release; During moviemaking John Chambers, who designed prosthetic make up in the movie, held training sessions at 20th-century Fox studios, where he mentored other make-up artists of the movie;

Moviemaking started on May 21, 1967, & ended on August 10, 1967; Most of the early scenes of a desert-like terrain were shot in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon & other locations near Page, Arizona Most scenes of the ape village, interiors & exteriors, were filmed on the Fox Ranch in Malibu Creek State Park, northwest of Los Angeles, essentially the backlot of 20th Century Fox; The concluding beach scenes were filmed on a stretch of California seacoast between Malibu & Oxnard with cliffs that towered 130 feet above the shore; Reaching the beach on foot was virtually impossible, so cast, crew, movie equipment, & even horses had to be lowered in by helicopter; The remains of the Statue of Liberty were shot in a secluded cove on the far eastern end of Westward Beach, between Zuma Beach & Point Dume in Malibu; As noted in the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes, the special effect shot of the half-buried statue was achieved by seamlessly blending a matte painting with existing cliffs; The shot looking down at Taylor was done from a 70-foot scaffold, angled over a 1/2-scale papier-mache model of the Statue; The actors in Planet of the Apes were so affected by their roles & wardrobe that when not shooting, they automatically segregated themselves with the species they were portraying;



Vadim Takser