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Still shot from the movie: Planet Of The Apes (2001).

Planet Of The Apes (2001)

In this remake of the the 1968 classic, a space scientist named Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg), who specializes in training primates, accidentally crash-lands on an alien planet where he finds the traditional evolutionary process in reverse. Instead of man being the dominant species, this world is ruled by superior apes who have little sympathy for Homo Sapiens. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 124
Theater Release: 26 Jul 2001
Video Release: 20 Nov 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Overall: C+
This remake features a lost astronaut crash landing on an unknown planet in the midst of a jungle full of wild humans. Under bondage by apes who have evolved into a powerful society, the humans see the space visitor as their opportunity for freedom. Continually clubbing and beating their way to a violent conclusion with a plug-in sequel opportunity, teens new to the franchise may find it enjoyable, but for seasoned adults this monkey never really shines and may be too violent for young children.

Violence: D+
Monkey astronaut appears to be in peril. Lights flicker and go out on space station. A monkey is assumed dead. Man pilots spaceship through frightening ride then crashes ship. People are brutally attacked by apes, including a man thrown to ground, another violently hit, others are caught in nets, and a woman is knocked down. Man and ape battle each other with clubs. Ape jumps on man’s back. Man kicked in face. People forcefully unloaded from wagon (one woman is head locked, another man thrown into a stone wall) and put into cells. Ape talks of skinning a human. A young human girl is kept in a cage as a pet. Humans are held down and branded. Apes use pole with noose at one end to hold people by the neck. Male ape roughly handles female ape he says he cares for. Ape beats and kills two other apes with hook weapon. Man roughly handles another man. Man’s arm is twisted backwards after lunging at ape with burning torch, man is then killed (not shown). Ape jumps onto man. Bodies of two dead apes are discovered. Boy kicks ape. Apes and humans wrestle in forest. Man fires two shots from gun. Apes begin arguing over card game. Ape camp attacked by people, tents and one ape lit on fire. Apes throw firebombs at people. Ape with blood on face is shown. Ape becomes angry, jumps, screams, and climbs walls in frenzy. Ape brands another ape. Boy gets leg caught in stirrups of horse, rendering him unable to flee approaching attack. Many apes are killed/injured by fiery blast—those that survive are beat upon by humans. Major battle between apes and humans sees many people and animals injured or killed including man’s neck being broken, man and ape violently thrown, and woman stabbing an ape. Two apes viciously hit each other until one is killed. Man kicked by ape. Female ape thrown against wall by another ape. Chimpanzee hurt when thrown by ape. Man beaten by ape. Ape, in fit of rage, repeatedly fires gun.

Sexual Content: B
Woman refers to “rocket envy.” Female ape suggests trading sex with another ape in exchange for two humans she wants to purchase. Ape says, “All human activity happens below the waist.” Ape woman dances seductively in front of a male ape. Two kisses between male and female characters.

Language: B
At least: 9 mild profanities and 4 terms of Deity used as profanities/expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B
Background character briefly seen possibly using unknown drug.

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