Planet of the Apes: Is Doctor Zeius Proved right?
July 12, 2014 11:59 AM Subscribe
In Planet of the Apes Dr. Zeius is a religious zealot, and his goal is to not have is vision of the world upended. He denies he truth of Taylor and at the end destroys Cornelius' dig site. As he is leading Cornelius and Zira away at the end he says that what he is doing he is doing for the good of all the apes. I used to take this as an act of hypocrisy, but on re-watching it this line is juxtaposed with Taylor's discovery of the Statue of Liberty. It feels to almost be implying that Zeius is right, that progress is not an inherent good. What is the intent of these last few scenes meant to be?
posted by ArthurBarnhouse to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I know this is probably going to open up a lot of discussion about religion vs. science, but I'm hoping we can all keep it civil. I'm mostly looking for an authorial intent behind the juxtaposition, which I can't find online anywhere.