Sometime after the events of the first Planet of the Apes, the climax of which is repeated frame for frame at the beginning of this sequel, another set of astronauts arrives on the far-future Earth that is the titular planet.
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I love this movie way more than I ought to. It's barely an apes film at all - it's practically the first film, with psychic mutants as the enemies instead of apes. It's more like one of those off-the-wall 1970s apocalypse movies like Glen and Randa or A Boy and his Dog than a sequel to Planet.
The shockingly depressing ending to this sequel manage to overshadow the original's and I sat almost thunderstruck in awe back in the seat afterwards. It would never have been green-lighted in today's need for box office figures and actually left a scar on my soul. New lead James Franciscus is what may make many people turn this film off though and the pace is very slow for a long time.
Such a bizarre follow up - deeply flawed but to be commended for its sheer willpower. Starts off remaking the first one with an actor who looks like Heston but isn't. We then move on to a crazy mad ape-scientist living in an underground prison who then destroys the planet - a plot point that made it very difficult to come up with a decent scenario for the inevitable sequels.....
I'm not going to say this movie is amazing or anything... but I really kind of dug how fucked up it was. Any movie that has an underground cult that worships the nuclear bomb in it is good in my books.