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PLANET OF THE APES (2001) In Tim Burton's underimagined remake, the apes certainly have character, notably Tim Roth as a fascist chimpanzee and Helena Bonham Carter, all cooey caressing sweetness,… 2001-07-27 PG-13 PT119M Action/Adventure Sci-fi and Fantasy Helena Bonham Carter Tim Roth Mark Wahlberg Michael Clarke Duncan Paul Giamatti Charlton Heston Kris Kristofferson Lisa Marie Estella Warren 20th Century Fox Film Corporation The Zanuck Company 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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PLANET OF THE APES (2001)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2001; Rated: PG-13; Length: 119 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth and Mark Wahlberg; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation; More

In Tim Burton's underimagined remake, the apes certainly have character, notably Tim Roth as a fascist chimpanzee and Helena Bonham Carter, all cooey caressing sweetness, as Ari, an animal-rights activist who, for some reason, has been stuck with Brenda Vaccaro's hair. It may or may not be one of the film's overdeliberate zoological ironies that Mark Wahlberg, as the spacewrecked Air Force pilot who leads a band of humans in revolt, comes off as a far less interesting form of primate. There are amusing moments, but Burton drenches the film in monotonous darkness, and what the human race seems most in need of being saved from here is the perils of threadbare screenwriting.

Originally posted Aug 10, 2001 Published in issue #608 Aug 10, 2001 Order article reprints