Planet Of The Apes (2001)

5.71 h 59 min2001X-RayPG-13
HD. Tim Burton's eye-popping remake of the 1968 cult classic stars Mark Wahlberg as an astronaut who lands on a planet ruled by apes.
Tim Burton
Mark WahlbergTim RothHelena Bonham Carter
Science FictionDrama
English [CC]
Audio languages
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Services LLC.
Write review

More details

Supporting actors
Michael Clarke DuncanKris KristoffersonEstella WarrenPaul Giamatti
Richard D. Zanuck
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Content advisory
Foul languageviolence
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Available to watch on supported devices


4.5 out of 5 stars

3057 global ratings

  1. 72% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
They really screwed up this story with selfish lead & some glaring gaps
Verified purchase
This was Tim Burton’s version of Planet of the Apes. He has a very distinct style so it was interesting to see what he did with the story. It turned out to be a real disappointment.

Burton decided to take elements from the original but mostly add new ones to make it his own. The start with Captain Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) as an astronaut was an addition. Him landing on a planet and being captured by apes was from the original film. One of the biggest changes was in the first film the humans couldn’t talk, but here they can. That changed a major element as Charlton Heston in the original was special because he had the ability to speak. This was one of many major mistakes in the script.

Even more important than dropping one of the main sources of tension in the story was they made Davidson completely selfish. He’s captured by the apes and all he cares about is finding his way back to his spaceship. He escapes with a group of humans and apes and doesn’t care about them at all. He just wants to get off the planet and he wasn’t going to take them with them. With that kind of main character why would anyone care about him? There are also some huge gaps in the writing that really stand out.
27 people found this helpful
George ComeauxReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a bad movie. Really bad. So much bad writing. An ape with an English accent...
Verified purchase
Let's begin at the beginning. The year is 2029 and apparently, we came up with a giant s-load of technology since 2001 when this movie was made. Why is the Air Force conducting training for apes in outer space when the training simulator they show can be done on the ground? Never mind. That's the LEAST of this space opera's problems...

So, the commander of this satellite/training vessel/research ship thingy, Zap Brannigan, detects a "magnetic storm" ahead. It's huge and powerful and completely unknown to their experience. So what does Zap decide to do?

"Let's shoot a monkey into this thing. What can go wrong?"

Yep. Then Marky Mark goes after his buddy, of course, after things went oh-so-predictably South.

Shoot forward several thousand years. Spaceman Biff has landed... guess where? He doesn't bat a single lash when apes speak English. As do all the humans. Of course, the humans also have perfect hair, natural makeup, and perfect dentition because the Paleo Diet cures gingivitis and puts a sheen on blond hair. There's one -count 'em- one black guy. Nothing suspicious here... move along...

Paul Giamatti is the comic relief. As a slave trader. Yuk yuk. He does what he can with the material which isn't much. Enter the English-accented(?) do-gooder daughter of a Senator to save Biff. Cripes... I must admit I didn't even try to keep track of the names. But you can't miss General Sinister Caesar, the Alpha Ape. The maniacal, menacing grimacing is his natural resting face. This monkey can chew some scenery! The rest of the cast seemed interchangeable for the most part.

I won't list everything bad about this movie, (there's plenty for others to discover) but there are two or three 'Deus ex Machina' moments. Scenes that should have been less than one minute take several, like the ride across the river. From where the horses were to the river was about 50 meters at most. A lot of unnecessary plot points are left dangling, like the kidnapped kid. A lot of illogical sequences.
And the typical tropes. 54:27 "The Orcs March From Isengard" 1:25:23 "Stubborn Teen Who Wants to Prove Himself, But Ends Up Having To Be Rescued by Biff" 1:25:43 "A Crazy Plan, But It Just Might Work Takes Shape" 1:31:08 "Skeleton of a Spaceship Laying Rotting In the Wilderness For Thousands of Years Fires Right Up" (The little bell when the fuel runs out cracked me up) The ending of this is so predictable, I think the writer got even drunker and let his kid finish the screenplay.

But I'll bet the sequel will be GREAT!
8 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Verified purchase
This movie is garbage. From the horrible stop-start pacing, to the bland, one-dimensional characters, to the miserable excuse of a plot, this movie is trash. Let’s start with the plot; an ape goes missing, Marc Wahlberg defies orders in order to chase him, and goes through a wormhole to crash land on a planet. All in about ten minutes or less, so no character has yet been built. From there, the next 20 minutes to hour, essentially most of the rest of the film, is spent setting up how the apes are evil, racist, slave owners who enslave humans and enjoy cruelty, and how Wahlberg is the only character that can think or make decisions. Film about racism bad? Great! Ham-handed white-savioring actually racist movie that essentially says “It would be worse if the primitives were in charge, plus isn’t slavery a great topic to make light jokes about in our action movie?” Not so great. They literally kill off the one black character first and have a blond, blue-eyed “sex sells” woman get some of the most screen time, while never getting dirty and wearing a sequined rag-dress. On top of all that, it’s an ugly movie, with cheap set design, aged-poorly special effects, and a bland brown color scheme. Don’t bother watching this, it would literally be more enjoyable to spend the time watching the back of your own eyelids.
6 people found this helpful
John BReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This movie killed the series for a while
Verified purchase
This movie is nothing like the original. Humans talk and are smart. The apes are presented as mostly evil. Zira is now a human activist instead of a scientist... and.... yeah... I couldn't finish it and if you watched the original one... you wouldn't be able to finish this one either XD Just don't bother if you've seen the original.
13 people found this helpful
RDDReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a Second Look
Verified purchase
Tim Burton's 2001 "Planet of the Apes" remake returns to a re-working of Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel, much like the original 1968 film. The story more-or-less follows the original, with an astronaut experiencing trouble in space and landing on a strange planet only to find it populated with intelligent apes. From there, the story diverges, exploring a re-imagined ape society and more established caste system. This film received poor reviews, but it's not as bad as people remember. While it doesn't seek to recreate the aesthetic of the original, the story is creative and the ape prosthetics are even better for their time than those in 1968. Burton relies on practical effects wherever possible, leading to a more concrete feel to the action.
Burton's "Planet of the Apes" suffers for two primary reasons. First, it predated the current trend in remakes and reboots, when films take more liberties with their original source material than past remakes used to. Now that audiences expect this from remakes, a film like Burton's "Apes" would probably be more well-received. Second, Burton felt the need to include a twist ending as both Boulle's novel and the original film have one. Unfortunately, the twist is not nearly as shocking as it was in 1968 and was poorly executed. After 5 original films, one live-action TV series, and an animated series, Burton took risks to reinvigorate the franchise. Audiences simply weren't ready for them. That said, the world-building he accomplishes in this is better than most of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" and "Battle for the Planet of the Apes," let alone the animated series.
If you've seen this before and written it off, give it another look. While audiences currently enjoy three phenomenal "Planet of the Apes" films using the latest motion-capture technology, I still wonder what might have been with animatronics, prosthetics, and practical effects.
16 people found this helpful
India BrownReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Baffled by all the 5 star ratings!?!
Verified purchase
Sooo, the movie was a sacrilegious departure from the entire Planet of the Apes premise... Humans can talk and are civilized and intelligent yet still slaves until insubordinate, incomprehensibly selfish, incompetent pilot Wahlberg crash lands in their midst, encourages them to rebel, then abandons them as he flies off in the one-seater vessel that was piloted in by the better-pilot-chimpanzee who Wahlberg selfishly leaves behind on foreign land and didn't even ATTEMPT to figure out how/if he could fit him into the vessel).
Furthermore, the characters and their relationships are underdeveloped as is the poorly-revised plot. I literally rolled my eyes at several parts and I'm pissed off that I watched it almost entirely😤
2 people found this helpful
~ XLNTMOMMY ~Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
20 years later .. still a kick-a** film !
Verified purchase
I want to giv this 5 stars .. and I might .. because 4 1/2 stars are certainly deserved .. (might 'round up' ..)

Im not necessarily a tim burton fan (after all he did direct those other movies which were, in my mind, total abject failures .. namely : "nightmare before christmas" and "mars attacks" ..) but after 20 years later this "apes" film still delivers .. and most importantly, without the really bad, hoakey, horribly done CGI crap ..

this one has real actors, prosthetics, script, plot, delivery, developed characters, action, etc .. I wasnt motivated to watch it when it came out, so here I am 20 years later enthralled and wondering why I didnt take a look at it back then .. (a decade after this one, the later CGI "apes" films are an abomination .. o but you cant tell ... well, yes, yes I can ..ugh) .. ok back to this movie ..

I will tell you this movie has some terrific elements to it .. mark wahlberg is great as usual .. the supporting cast believeable (well for a time-traveling, ape-monkey-ruled planet kind of beliveability, that is ..) we all (well most of us) know the premise behind the "planet of the apes" story .. so some die-hard heston fans might resist this newer, updated version, but I find it awesome .. the quality of actors, the films pacing, fitting sets and costumes, fluid action, succinct editing, relevant script, developed relationships between the characters, etc, all of it done very well .. before I knew it the 2 hours had flown by and it was over ..

so dont believe the negative reviews, this film still kicks a ** ! and I saw some other comments but to me the obvious reasoning for the ending seems to be to leave room for a sequel .. duhh

again, this movie is 20 years old ! excellent job and surprising find .. 5 stars !
One person found this helpful
Avid readerReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Verified purchase
The original movie did not need to be remade. And even though it was great to hear Heston repeat some of the same sentences as in the original movie, it was not enough to save this movie. This movie is well made, and the pedigree of some of those involved is of high order. The point in the story when I stopped caring was when the young kid disobeyed the order to stay back, came out on a horse, which naturally fell trapping him. That is simply tired writing, as it has been an overused gimmick. And the ruins that were supposed to be there for thousands of years seemed too functional. Sure, with CGI one can amass a huge ape army and move them around, but there needs to be more than that to be a good movie. A lot of good talent was wasted in this movie.
2 people found this helpful
See all reviews