Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama / Action DIRECTED BY: Matt Reeves WRITTEN BY: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, & Amanda Silver; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2014 PEW PEW: This film is insanely well-rounded, with more than enough action to satisfy ape fans. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama / Action DIRECTED BY: Rupert Wyatt WRITTEN BY: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2011 PEW PEW: This film is insanely well-rounded, with more than enough action to satisfy ape fans. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips its pen…

Planet of the Apes [2001]

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Tim Burton WRITTEN BY: William Broyles, Jr. & Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2001 PEW PEW: This remake of the original film is a modern-style action adventure film with plenty of violence and action. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes…

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson WRITTEN BY: John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay); Paul Dehn (story); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1973 PEW PEW: This one does a pretty damn fine job of balancing action, drama, and suspense. It’s a ways away from perfect, but the…

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1972 PEW PEW: This film combines the action of the first two films, and a weakened form of the suspense of the third, with the drama that generally populates the entire original series….

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Don Taylor WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1971 PEW PEW: This film makes use of suspense instead of action. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips its pen into the ink of social commentary and liberally applies…

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Ted Post WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Paul Dehn & Mort Abrahams (story); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1970 PEW PEW: There is significantly less action in this film, when compared to the first, or the style of action just doesn’t translate as well in this…

Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Franklin J. Schaffner WRITTEN BY: Michael Wilson & Rod Serling (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1968 PEW PEW: There is plenty of action contained in pockets within the strong narrative, though the action is presented in the fashion of the era and is, therefore, not…

Narcopolis

SUB-GENRES: Mystery / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Justin Trefgarne WRITTEN BY: Justin Trefgarne RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: Narcopolis functions a lot like film noir. As such, hard-boiled drama and suspense takes the front seat, but it is broken up by the requisite amount of violence for your average crime drama. CAT FOOD: Narcopolis has quite a…

400 Days

SUB-GENRES: Mystery / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Matt Osterman WRITTEN BY: Matt Osterman RELEASE: 2016 PEW PEW: When the suspense picks up, it’s riveting and action is not really necessary. CAT FOOD: The film focuses on the psychological effects of deep space isolation. The inter crew dynamic is intense, with each member reeling from some sort…

The Fifth Element

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Luc Besson WRITTEN BY: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Luc Besson (story) RELEASE: 1997 PEW PEW: The Fifth Element definitely offers up a fine helping of action. CAT FOOD: The film has some interesting things to say about the forces of love and greed, among other things….

Jupiter Ascending

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: The Wachowskis WRITTEN BY: The Wachowskis RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: The film somehow finds time to fill the spaces between bullshit with piles of mindless action. CAT FOOD: It attempts to comment on quite a few issues, but any validity is washed away in the ruddy brown wave of…