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….

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…

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…

Looper

SUB-GENRES: Action / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Rian Johnson WRITTEN BY: Rian Johnson RELEASE: 2012 PEW PEW: Looper has a nearly perfect action-to-suspense ratio. It’s a really, really cool flick. CAT FOOD: The film’s message is ultimately quite beautiful, using grey morality to great effect to examine what makes heroes heroes and villains villains. I know….

Aliens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Horror DIRECTED BY: James Cameron WRITTEN BY: James Cameron (screenplay); James Cameron, David Giler, & Walter Hill (story) RELEASE: 1986 PEW PEW: Unlike its predecessor, Aliens brings action to the forefront, delivering a pulse-pounding and unrelentingly exciting experience. CAT FOOD: The film also holds up in terms of social commentary. It addresses…

Elysium

SUB-GENRES: Action DIRECTED BY: Neill Blomkamp WRITTEN BY: Neill Blomkamp RELEASE: 2013 PEW PEW: Blomkamp does not disappoint with the action. There is everything to love about his brand of violence. CAT FOOD: The film is replete with commentary on class war, brainwashing, and immigration crises. As stated before, Neill Blomkamp is easily one of…

District 9

SUB-GENRES: Action DIRECTED BY: Neill Blomkamp WRITTEN BY: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell RELEASE: 2009 PEW PEW: Unrelenting urban combat with exciting weapons physics. This film gets intense. CAT FOOD: Stunning social commentary covering racial segregation, xenophobia, and grey morality. I have chosen Disctrict 9 as the first film to be reviewed for this site…