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…

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…

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….

The Road

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Thriller / Survival DIRECTED BY: John Hillcoat WRITTEN BY: Joe Penhall (screenplay); Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy RELEASE: 2010 PEW PEW: The stage is set for anything and everything to happen in this flick, but it’s not an action movie. CAT FOOD: Unlike most post-apocalyptic films, The Road actually does…

The Invasion

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Oliver Hirschbiegel WRITTEN BY: David Kajganich (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: This is certainly the most consistently action-driven of the Body Snatchers adaptations. CAT FOOD: The Invasion marks a return to deeper social commentary. It drums up some fairly decent questions about…