Tim Burton's 're-imagining' of THE PLANET OF THE APES is a great success, due in large part to keeping it separate from the previous series. This time a single astronaut lands on an alien planet, thousands of years in his future, to discover intelligent apes as the rulers and humans as the slaves and hunted. It turns out that all are descended from the crashed space station he came from--and the apes were intelligent because they were being geneticallly altered to assist in dangerous space travel. In the thousands of years they continued to evolve. Rick Baker's ape makeup is phenomenal, really enhancing the actor's performances. Tim Roth's THADE is a villain to be reckoned with.When the astronaut finally leaves the planet, having achieved peace between the two species, he goes back in time, to earth, to discover an unsettling surprise that is obviously the set-up for another movie. It is the same ending that Pierre Boulle had his his novel, upon which the movie is based. Least to say, I'm looking forward to more POTA movies in the years to come.