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May 16, 2024

Welcome back to the I Hate Critics Movie Review Podcast! This week, we're diving deep into the Planet of the Apes franchise, reviewing every single movie from this iconic series. Join us as we explore the sociological themes, cinematic achievements, and unforgettable moments that have defined the Apes saga.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

This sci-fi classic introduces us to a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are enslaved. With complex sociological themes, the movie showcases a society of highly intellectual apes with their own class system and political structure, leaving the stranded astronauts in a struggle for survival and understanding.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

The second installment of the series follows another astronaut who discovers a world of intelligent apes and an underground cult of mutated humans, survivors of a nuclear blast. This sequel expands on the original's themes with a darker, more intense narrative.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Three apes escape their doomed world and travel back in time to present-day America. Initially treated as research subjects, their intelligence and speech capabilities eventually lead to a dramatic struggle for freedom.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

In this third sequel, the apes lead a revolt against their human oppressors in the year 1990, creating a time loop that ties back to the first film. The movie combines social satire with science fiction suspense, highlighting the apes' fight for liberation.

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

The final chapter of the original series sees the ape tribe facing threats from human atomic bomb mutations. Told primarily in flashbacks, this film closes the saga with a narrative set in the year 2670.

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Tim Burton's reimagining of the classic features astronaut Leo Davidson, who finds himself on a planet ruled by apes. With new allies and enemies, he leads a rebellion to restore peace between humans and apes.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

This reboot stars James Franco as scientist Will Rodman, who inadvertently creates a super-intelligent chimp named Caesar. The film explores the consequences of genetic experimentation and the rise of ape intelligence.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Set ten years after a devastating simian flu, this film follows Caesar as he leads a thriving ape colony while trying to coexist with human survivors. The movie delves into themes of leadership, trust, and survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Caesar faces a brutal conflict with a human army led by a ruthless colonel, played by Woody Harrelson. The film explores Caesar's inner turmoil and the epic battle that will decide the fate of both species.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024)

Many years after Caesar's reign, a young ape embarks on a journey that challenges his beliefs about the past and shapes the future of both apes and humans.

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