Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes isn’t contemplative dystopian fiction; it’s contemporary allegorical fiction.

The premise of the recent Planet of the Apes movie franchise is that human civilization falls when human beings release a viral “cure” for mental disease that also wipes out huge portions of the human race, simultaneously uplifting the general intelligence of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans to near-human (but not equal to human) cognition. Human civilization is not supplanted by apes – the apes themselves are not capable of supporting the heights of civilization – so the entire infrastructure of modern life slowly collapses.

The most recent film, War for the Planet of the Apes, is less a war narrative and more a story of how humanity finally falls to utter ruin as the apocalyptic virus mutates into a disease that robs humans of their superior cognition amidst an orgy of military violence.

Symbolically, the film effectively expresses many desires of non-European ethnicities with a mythic foretelling of European collapse at the hands of an inexplicable calamity. It describes the means by which lesser ethnics desire European demise, namely, robbing that ethnicity of its historic mastery of science, literature, and violence. it provides a map to the failures of lesser ethnics more than praise for their special advantages.

Even so, it fails where such envy usually fails: it paints a false vision of its intellectually and technologically superior humans as deeply frail creatures that abandon hope amidst the terror of impending doom, genocide opposing people at every opportunity, and slaughter their own kin at the first sign of illness. It’s fiction through-and-through, but it’s a fiction meant to drive anger and assuage national egos deeply scarred by failure and defeat at the hands of superior men who resisted violence until all other options were exhausted.

I don’t recommend viewing the film, but familiarize yourself with the plot synopsis and themes: the people writing the story want you dead, and they’re telling you why.

Don't bother.

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