Great Moments in Film – Planet of the Apes (1968)
Not to be confused with Tim Burton’s big misstep from 2001, the original Planet of the Apes is a great science fiction film. It features Charlton Heston as Taylor, an astronaut who’s ship crash lands on an alien planet. Here, he and his crew find roles are different: humans are caged and used for scientific testing while apes are the one’s in control. Eventually Taylor earns his freedom and goes to wander into the “forbidden zone,” with his mate. What he finds there is that he isn’t so far from home as he thought.
It is the stuff of legend: a great twist ending, though it’s certainly alluded to throughout the film, and a cautionary tale about nuclear weapons (something that was so prevalent in early sci-fi films). What makes this moment so great is the lack of musical score involved. Instead of the typical “dun dun DUN” we’re accustomed to hearing, the only sound is that of the crashing waves. It makes it all the more haunting.
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