The 2001 film, Planet of the Apes represents a dystopian world. A dystopian world describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanising and as unpleasant as possible. In the film Planet of the Apes, the world is ruled by humanoid apes who can speak the human language and who treat human beings as their slaves. The world has been represented so that the roles of humans and apes have been reversed in the film, the apes have taken over the superior role in the world whereas the humans have been downgraded to the, as referred to, as the 'dirty animals '. This juxtaposition is thought provoking; it makes us think about how we treat animals and those we see as lesser human in our world and the effects that our actions have on them. However, though the apes were represented as the more superior race they had developed little technology; this reveals that even though the apes were represented as the higher species the human beings are still the more intelligence race. Which leaves the audience with the message that apes could never be as good as the humans.
The world of the film has also been represented as largely traditional in its gender roles; the males, both apes and humans, dominate over the females in the film through the use of traditional male and female stereotypes. In the film the males were the providers, the warriors and the heroes, whereas the females were the kept and the beautiful and ineffectual love interests. This is evident through the spoilt young wife of the rich old ape. This beautiful ape-wife does not have any responsibilities or expectations to contribute to society in any way, except to be beautiful. Most noticeably Daena, who was the main human femal...
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... audience. This reflects the changes in society where many jobs once dominated by men are now held by women also, especially in the field of science. Women do not want to see other women objectified and marginalised. Women want to see heroic female roles.
The advancement of technology also accounts for responses to sci-fi changing. Sci-fi stories have always needed a scientific premise. Very early sci-fi films did not look realistic and were often not taken seriously. These days, the film technology we have is amazing - just look at how realistic the apes were in Planet of the Apes! Added to that, the progress that mankind has made in the past few decades is incredible, so much so that a sci-fi films can present its audience with a fantastic idea such as time travel and make it appear possible. This the audience takes seriously. sci-fi is no longer just a fun genre.
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