The Planet of the Apes

Planet of the apes

In the Land of Prequels and Sequels


The Planet of the Apes franchise has had, including one remake of the original in 2001, a total of seven incarnations. Hollywood, or Hollyweird as I like to refer to the tinsel town establishment, cannot ever be accused of an overabundance of imagination or originality. When one looks back at the 1968 classic original starring Charlton Heston, based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des singes (Monkey Planet or Planet of the Apes) by Pierre Boulle, we remember an upside down, topsy turvy future world where evolution had gone badly array leaving the apes and gorillas in charge of a mute race of humans.

I happen to be a fan of the sci-fi genre, so I can still remember the impact of the final scene of the first movie. The main character played by Charlton Heston realizes that he has crash landed on a post-apocalyptic version Earth some time in the future. A future where apes have evidently evolved from the homo sapiens. The O’Henry twist at the end of the film is made abundantly clear as we see the Stature of Liberty, completely buried except for her head and up stretched arm, torch still in hand, rising from the beach of what was once New York harbor.

It is interesting that the final discovery revealing to the ape population that man evolved from them (and not the other way around) is the unearthing of a homo sapien artifact. That’s right, the big secret the simian leaders were trying to hide was the truth that they were not the pinnacle of evolutionary progress, but rather a stepping stone to humans. See, Darwin is always right even in science fiction movies! The Heston character’s ability to speak, cleverly held in check by a gunshot to the neck early in the film, became the Achilles heel of the ape’s version of evolutionary truth. If humans were not really the brute (and mute) beasts of the evolutionary past, then their simian civilization was based upon a lie and their society collapses under the weight of this new revelation.

So what was the artifact whose discovery  was so shocking as to shatter the ape’s view of their evolutionary history? It was a doll. That’s right, a human doll that when held in a certain position would call out for its mommy. Not only that, this chatty Cathy was found below the level of the allegedly  more evolutionarily advanced apes. Maybe these screenwriters were unaware of the Darwinian explanation for the discovery of “out of sequence” fossils (or rocks) was due to over thrusting. If they were, they were not going to ruin their plot line by revealing it. Anyway, it was the ability of the humans to speak that seemed to be the nail in the coffin of their topsy turvy view of simian evolution and not the out of evolutionary sequence children’s toy.

When creationists look at how the Theory of Evolution has been promoted over the years using brainwashing deception and censorship, the similarity becomes even more striking. Remember, the fossil record today remains a conspicuous testimony against Darwinian evolution in favor of special creation. Virtually every fossil of a once living organism appears abruptly in the fossil record, fully formed, without transitional precursors. All of the alleged transitional fossils are in dispute and the lack of transitions, although well known within the ranks of the evolutionary faithful, appears to remain a trade secret among paleontologists.

That brings us to the good ape versus the bad ape part of the plot. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter play the part of simian protagonists in the 1968 version of the story. They would be considered the simian contingent of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but they would be called Apes for the Ethical Treatment of Humans (AETH). Let’s face it, it doesn’t have the same ring as PETA when you flip the roles, but who is paying attention when there is money and movies to be made.

Fast forward to 2011 and you have the prequel to the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. How could Hollyweird resist making one more version, and this one in spectacular 3-D with jaw-dropping special effects. No more actors in monkey suits, not when you have state-of-the-art computer graphics (CG) at your disposal. Here we are told that, once again, it’s all the fault of  those pesky humans. That’s right, it is a quest to cure disease using (or exploiting) chimps and other lower primates that is the beginning of the end for the homo sapiens. PETA must have applauded the screen writers for this angle, but still, the humans are left succumbing to a plague (also the result of humans meddling with nature) and the apes are on the rise. Hence, the name of this prequel is Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

If you are not impressed by the storyline of the Planet of the Apes franchise, perhaps you will be impressed with the truth concerning the storyline for the Theory of Evolution. The fossils say no to Darwinian evolution. The irreducible complexity of living organisms, even at the microbiological level, says no to evolution. The Second Law of Thermodynamics says no to evolution. The creation of the universe says no to evolution. The Law of Biogenesis says no to evolution. The missing links say no to evolution. Mutations are contrary to evolution. The Laws of Probability are contrary to evolution. So if you are still thinking that perhaps the science fiction of the Planet of the Apes movies might possibly be rooted in science fact, think again. The truth remains that everything we see in the universe that surrounds us speaks eloquently:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Gen. 1:1.

Don’t let the “just so” stories of evolution keep you in darkness. Science fiction is not science fact, even if the evolutionary faithful continue to present Darwin’s theory as a scientific reality and use it to promote clever “just so” screenplays based on juxtaposing the sequence of  primate evolution. The One who created the heavens and the earth also desires to shine the light of His love in your heart and mind. And when God’s light shines into your life, you too will know the Truth and the Truth, Jesus of Nazareth, will set you free, John 14:6.
Submitted by: Steven Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.