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Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

Planet of the Apes, the original movie with Charlton Heston, was produced in 1968 when I was just five years old.

Back then, I was happy every time this sci-fi movie aired on television because I was also passionate about the future

of space research and the possibility of encountering aliens on another planet. However, all of this seemed very

surreal. Furthermore, I thought it was impossible to command the world of monkeys. Fifty-three years later, after

watching the film again, I can understand the script from a different, more mature perspective, while at the same

time appreciating the plot’s prophetic potential, including sharp visuals and metaphors. It is not my intention to give

everything that happens in this sci-fi movie. However, I aim to point out some parallels with the events of the early

21st century.  In this regard, the Planet of the Apes is ideal.

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)
Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

During filming, viewers of the film may question the outcome of space research as America is in a race with the

The Soviet Union to go to the moon. In 1967, three astronauts lost their lives in a fire during a launch pad test,

demonstrating such a search risk and raising questions about safety. At school, we read books about how we would

one day go into space ourselves, and by July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 had taken three American astronauts Michael

Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. Days, 3 hours and 18 minutes. Therefore, there is a lot of

inspiration to create sci-fi films that explore many possibilities!

At the beginning of the film, four astronauts, three men and a woman, are in the middle of an unknown boundary,

traveling into space. First, Charlton Heston, who plays the role of Captain George Taylor, set the stage by directing

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

his diary, explaining how he and his crew tried to accomplish mission goals. Eventually, he set up the spaceship with

the autopilot and settled into a long sleep. Not surprisingly, these men landed somewhere in the middle of a lake on

an unknown planet. After discovering that their female staff was dead, the other three men knew that they could not

live long without food. So, they set out on this quest to find out where they are as well as how to live.

Surprisingly, there were three men on the spaceship but only one woman on board. At one point in the film, Taylor

says the planet sent female staff to re-populate. It may seem strange to send two women on a voyage rather than one,

questioning the ability of men to use foresight. However, they did not consider the possibility of her dying on the

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)
Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

way. The fact that the staff did not believe in the death of the woman suggests the notion that people often prepare

for the future without considering everything that goes wrong. In real life, people are optimistic that their lives will

be better elsewhere, in fact, life on another planet or in the future could be much worse. Therefore, human progress

is not always guaranteed, especially when attention is not paid to details.

First, Taylor’s team discovers that the mysterious planet in the movie is ruled by monkeys, making it possible to

imagine that in real life animals could run the world if humans were no longer on the planet. These sophisticated

monkeys speak English and have human traits, repeating immoral mistakes like humans. Naturally, the monkeys in

the movie abuse humans, including a tribe of primitive humans who do not understand the language of astronauts.

In addition, powerful primates use humans to carry out scientific experiments, often filling their bodies to exhibit in

Must-See Planet of the Apes Movie (1968)

museums, allowing George Taylor to question such techniques. Although he was dissatisfied with life on Earth many

years before he went into space, Taylor has now discovered that this new world is far worse than he ever imagined.

Taylor reads the ship’s calendar to indicate that their arrival on the planet was November 25, 3978, years after their

departure in 1972. Taylor encounters Noah, a dumb woman who symbolizes the simplicity and kindness of the

former aborigines without technology, who at the time could not threaten the planet. She was unlike many of the

trendy women he met in the old world he came from. She follows him, trusts him, and signals whatever he does with

his expressions he must do. She also expresses the general beauty of a woman who does not ask questions and does as she is told.

Cornelius and Zira are two intellectual chimpanzees who care about finding scientific truth wherever they are taken.

Zira, a chimpanzee, has her own mind and follows the concept within her.

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