Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1972. Apjac International, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Paul Dehn, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Tom Scott. Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies. Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler, Alan Jaggs.
The exciting Escape is followed by this incredibly curious science-fiction film, which takes place roughly twenty years after the last one. Caesar, the child of Zira and Cornelius, is now grown up and ready to enter the world, but knows that he will be shot on sight if the authorities find out that he survived his own birth. Following the death of every dog and cat on the planet in a strange viral outbreak, humans now use apes as slaves, and were they to discover that one of them can talk and reason as well as they, there would be an outright revolution on their hands. Caesar thinks he can blend in, but he can only stand so much of the degrading treatment of his fellow apes before he decides to lead the path to outright war. Great action and a terrific, off-kilter sense of humour make for a worthy entry in the series, which helps to set up and explain the events of the first film.