Planet Of The Apes


Tim Burton's take on the sci-fi classic is perhaps best described as a somewhat hollow triumph of production design over content. Struggling with an unrealistic studio-imposed schedule, Burton appears to have expended so much energy overseeing the make-up and monkeyworld designs that he was too knackered to ensure the story worked, or to figure out a decent ending. Throw in a so-so turn from Mark Wahlberg as reluctant (and apparently constipated) hero and even the combined watchability of a scenery-chewing Tim Roth and freakishly attractive Helena Bonham Carter can't get things back on track.

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