I want to giv this 5 stars .. and I might .. because 4 1/2 stars are certainly deserved .. (might 'round up' ..)
Im not necessarily a tim burton fan (after all he did direct those other movies which were, in my mind, total abject failures .. namely : "nightmare before christmas" and "mars attacks" ..) but after 20 years later this "apes" film still delivers .. and most importantly, without the really bad, hoakey, horribly done CGI crap ..
this one has real actors, prosthetics, script, plot, delivery, developed characters, action, etc .. I wasnt motivated to watch it when it came out, so here I am 20 years later enthralled and wondering why I didnt take a look at it back then .. (a decade after this one, the later CGI "apes" films are an abomination .. o but you cant tell ... well, yes, yes I can ..ugh) .. ok back to this movie ..
I will tell you this movie has some terrific elements to it .. mark wahlberg is great as usual .. the supporting cast believeable (well for a time-traveling, ape-monkey-ruled planet kind of beliveability, that is ..) we all (well most of us) know the premise behind the "planet of the apes" story .. so some die-hard heston fans might resist this newer, updated version, but I find it awesome .. the quality of actors, the films pacing, fitting sets and costumes, fluid action, succinct editing, relevant script, developed relationships between the characters, etc, all of it done very well .. before I knew it the 2 hours had flown by and it was over ..
so dont believe the negative reviews, this film still kicks a ** ! and I saw some other comments but to me the obvious reasoning for the ending seems to be to leave room for a sequel .. duhh
again, this movie is 20 years old ! excellent job and surprising find .. 5 stars !