Cinema: Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes "The monkey," said Henry Ward Beecher, "is an organized sarcasm upon the human race." The sarcasm is seldom allowed to speak for itself in this film about a space odyssey that goes awry and crash-lands three astronauts on an unknown planet. They have been traveling for a cool millennium or so, but their craft has been zooming along at close to the speed of light, and so—in accordance with Einstein's Time-Dilation Theory—they have scarcely aged, save for some grey in their beards. At first,...