Specifics
USA [1970] - 95m
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
Directed by
Ted Post
More info on
rating
1.0*/5.0*
Beneath the Planet of the Apes poster

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October 05, 2021

1.0*/5.0*

The first sequel to the infamous sci-fi classic. The scope and ambition were clearly different for this cheesy follow-up, though quality-wise it doesn't even make that much of a difference. I never cared much for the carnivalesque originals, especially since they take themselves so very seriously. What should've been a celebration of camp ends up being a crude and misguided attempt at morality.

Brent is sent on a mission to find and rescue the astronauts that went missing in the first film. He too jumps forward into the future, arriving at the ape planet. When he overhears the apes wanting to kill all humans, Brent decides to flee deeper into the wilderness. He isn't really prepared for what he will find there though.

The costumes are terrible, performances are crummy and the plot is half rehash of the first film, half random nonsense. I wouldn't have minded that much had it all been for the sake of entertainment, but the film tries way too hard to say something meaningful about humanity. Apart from the short underground adventure segment in the middle, a real hassle to sit through.