The Apes movies ranked

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9 PLANET OF THE APES

(2001) Not­muchar­gu­mentabout­this.Tim Bur­ton’sre­make is­hand­some,but dumb.

8 BAT­TLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

(1973) Years afte rthe nu­clear holo­caust Cae­sar( Rod dy McDow­ell) strives to re­tain in­ter­est in a dy­ing fran­chise.

7 CON­QUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

(1972) In a re­ver­sal of the orig­i­nal re­ver­sal, apes are kept as slaves to hu­mans. The bud­gets were plum­met­ing.

6 ES­CAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES

(1971) The third film trans ports three of the in­tel­li­gent apes back to hu­man- dom­i­nated 1973. Of­ten very nim­ble on con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous so­cial con­cerns.

5 BE­NEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES(

1970) The first se­quel to the orig­i­nal film is all over the place, but it fea­tures a rev­e­la­tion al­most as chill­ing as that at the end of the open­ing episode.

4 DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES(

2014) The mid­dle episode of a tril­ogy( and it looks as if that is what we have) is of­ten­theweak­est, but­there­boot

fol­low-up is still a crack­ing ac­tion movie.

3 WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES(

2017) The first and third films in the cur­rent series are equally good. War or­gan is es high emo­tion and de ranged despo­tism into a nifty pack­age .( Full re­view, page 9)

2 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES(

2011) Al­most are make of Con­quest, Ru­pert Wy­att’ s tale of in­tel­li­gent apes be­ing mis­used gave re­bootsa good name. Trained ape sand cos­tumes were out. Mo­tion cap­ture wasin.

1 PLANETOFTHEAPES

(1968) It­wasthe yearofthe rev­o­lu­tion­sand Franklin J Schaffner’ s epic brought that dishar­mony to main­stream cinema. Hard to imag­ine that orig­i­nal au­di­ences didn’ t know the twist.

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