Captain Leo Davidson is out in space looking for his chimp, Pericles, who has become lost out in the galaxy, when he is launched onto an unknown planet. This planet is unlike any he would have expected to experience in his lifetime. It is a planet where apes rule and humans are hunted, captured, forced into cages, and sold as slaves to the apes. This is a planet completely opposite of the one Davidson is from. Humans are no longer superior and are seen to be at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Captain Davidson is part of a group on the space station Oberon that sends chimps into space in order to collect data. These animals live in cages and are only taken out when needed for missions that are seen as too dangerous for humans. As seen in Picture 1, these cages are in an all white room with high key lighting. These two elements relate to the belief by the astronauts that there is nothing wrong with these animals being locked in cages. This scene is loose...
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... and other races are put in every day, but they very few times receive sympathy. It is not until we relate to the victims that we are able to feel sympathy for them. Mars Attacks! shows how even though humans see ourselves as intelligent, superior beings, when really we are naïve. Planet of the Apes asks decomposes our idea of morality and asks the question of if we truly thing discriminating against others simply because they are different is wrong or if we only feel that it is wrong in cases where we are the ones being discriminated against. Both of these films, in different ways, show that we should not assume things about others without really understanding them. By using the humans as the victims, Tim Burton asks questions about the morality of humans, about the relationships between people who are different, and if people truly know what it means to be human.
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