Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Title: Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Year: 1973
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writers: John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington; story by Paul Dehn; characters by Pierre Boulle
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden
Music: Leonard Rosenman
Length: 93 minutes
Synopsis: There’s been a world-obliterating war since the last movie, and now the ape survivors and human survivors must…. Battle! For the planet! Of the apes!
How I saw it: online (streaming from Netflix), November 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 6/10 (points off for story, cinematography, special effects/design and music) c. 2.0/4 (Indifferent).

Meh. You’ve got to give it some props for being ripped of as The Road Warrior, but otherwise there’s not much here. This is the fifth Apes movie, and each installment of the franchise is progressively worse. By this point, they just don’t seem to care anymore. Most of the apes’ mouths don’t even move when they talk.  I give it as high a score as I do because I’m biased toward bad, campy sci-fi.


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