Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
(84) Escape sucessfully moves the Apes films beyond Heston and establishes McDowell as the star. Disregarding the lazy plot devices that get us to ’70s Earth and conveniently eliminate unwanted characters, Escape is more intelligent than the other sequels. It’s absurd to think a nation of intelligent apes could propagate in under two millennia, but the strength of Escape is the cheeky way it speaks to larger issues through the guise of popcorn Sci-fi, while still taking time to deal with practical matters like language.

Note: this review has been revised since its first publication.

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