"Astronaut Brent is sent to rescue Taylor but crash lands on the Planet of the Apes, just like Taylor did in the original film. Taylor has disappeared into the Forbidden Zone so Brent and Nova try to follow and find him. He discovers a cult of [telekinetic] humans that fear the Apes' latest military movements and finds himself in the middle. Tension mounts to a climactic battle between ape and man deep in the bowels of the planet."
I've posted the movie trailer because I couldn't find the precise clip that i wanted to show to illustrate my point. But the scenes that I wanted to refer to are when the Apes (representing the mass-man) charge on horse to the forbidden zone and are confronted by all sorts of horrific imagery designed to scare them and frighten them off. The images are created by an underground population of surviving "superior" humans, obviously from an earlier time, who are now relegated to hiding in caves. I believe this underground class is used in the movie to represent our current elite class, showing the alternative future of leaving the world to the mass-man, resulting in the elite's ultimate demise. But the important point that I wanted to make here is that the Apes were no longer scared of all of the imagery, and pursued onward on horseback without suffering any injury. The Apes had obviously long been afraid of such imagery, only to find out now that it was harmless and only in their own minds.
But as the underground humans saws that their "techniques" no longer worked, they prayed to what seemed to be their only remaining relic of an earlier time, an Atomic Bomb. Faced with their own demise or total destruction of the planet, they of course set off the bomb ensuring everyone's destruction - such a great ethical force, eh?
I had been thinking about this scene while thinking about the Godel work, see thread, and while trying to think of ways to help illustrate the superficial man-made forces that are all around us, and the weakness of these forces.
_________________"For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root."
David Thoreau (1817-1862)
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