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Review of Planet of the Apes

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Review of Planet of the Apes by Tim Burton

This essay will examine Tim Burton's remake of the science-fiction

film 'Planet of the Apes'.

'Planet of the Apes' is the story of astronaut Leo Davidson, who in an

attempt to save his chimp is transported through time. Leo crashes in

a futuristic time; a planet ruled by apes, where humans are enslaved.

Leo is captured, with a tribe, from the slave owner's shop he is

bought by a kind chimp, who believes in humans and apes living in

peace. With the help of her; Clara, and her other human slaves, a plan

is devised to escape. They do so, and far from the city are greeted by

thousands of humans who believe Leo is of great importance. But with

the ape army following Leo and his friends, is Leo really special? Can

he save them?

'Planet of the Apes' is set in a city, which is based on a mountain.

The houses appear shabby and wind up the mountain, the road is a dirt

track, suggesting primitives. In the street children are playing and

older apes read the newspapers, this suggests heritance and similar

resemblance to human culture. Trees are growing at the edge of the

roads; they are lush and developed, which again suggest heritance and

maturity. An ape is playing a type of harp, this portrays the image of

culture and that the apes are mentally developed, in comparison to how

we see them at present. Another setting in 'Planet of the Apes' is

Leo's landing ground. This is a marshland/swamp type place, with

grasses of incredible height. It is very green, yet dark and eerie,

which portray it as a place of evil and witchlike activities. However

there is a lake near by, the water suggests life and...

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structure to the tension being developed. The ape voices are low, deep

and husky, signifying male dominance and power. The cries of the apes

as the murder occurs are high pitched, suggesting weakness and pain.

To end the scene silence with heavy breathing is used, this can

immediately create or denote the ending of the danger, in this case it

means the later, and creates the impression that all is over and at

peace again. The digetic sound in this scene add to the tension by

creating sounds that have familiar meaning to the audience, creating

the correct fear from them.

Overall Tim Burton has used the mise-en-scene, production and sound in

the film, to create a re-make that is worth going to see. The use of

tension building is appropriate and all elements of its build-up

support one another.