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Some of us may see Planet of the Apes as the film responsible for the later annoying talking monkey films while others may see it as the classic sci-fi with the intriguing plot and special effects for its time However what some of us may not know or have noticed about this classic film is just how much this film covers many relevant sociological themes of the 60s era in which it came out These sociological themes are not quite as relevant however to todays modern audience Focused mainly on the under 30 year olds in the 60s era Planet of the Apes became the classic we all know where three astronauts crash land on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves As the plot unfolds the stunned trio discovers that these highly intelligent simians can walk upright talk and have even established a class system and a political structure like that of humans The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species trapped and imprisoned by the apes However with the aid of a pair of compassionate chimps named Cornelius Roddy MacDowell Zira Kym Hunter one of the astronauts Taylor Charlton Heston manages to escape to an uninhabited section of land Then later on his trek Taylor makes a startling discovery about the planet -- and realizes he is in fact on Earth thousands of years into the future In this film we encounter unusual themes for this movies time The strong themes throughout this film include religion bigotry and domination In Planet of the Apes like in the 60s era one of the big themes is a mentality of enlightenment about religion In the film the religion they were force-fed by Dr Zaius Maurice Evans was that humans were never superior to apes Cornelius Zira play the prototypes of the enlightened apes They are the ones who trust reason rationality
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