On today’s episode of Cinemallennials I talked with my cousin Devon about the 1968 science fiction classic, Planet of the Apes, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, and Kim Hunter.
Planet of the Apes follows the story of a crew of astronauts that crash land on a planet 300 million light years into the future where their perception of both man and ape are reversed, the simians are intelligent and are the conquerors of the world where man is primitive and enslaved. Confronted with this discovery after being hunted by the apes, one of the astronauts Taylor becomes enslaved and has caught the eye of both an animal psychologist, Dr. Zira and her archeologist fiancée Cornelius who claims that apes evolved from man. Upon the discovery of this hypothesized missing link, the chief scientist and defender of the ape faith, Dr. Zaius does all that he can to exterminate Taylor in order to protect the dark knowledge only he knows.
From featuring themes like racial supremacy to the balance of faith and science, Planet of the Apes is truly not only a hard science-fiction classic, but it is still extremely relevant for our world today.
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