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Ape Escape

Tim Burton monkeys around with an icon, but is it evolution?

Chunky monkey: Tim Roth can't keep his damn dirty paws off Mark Wahlberg.
Chunky monkey: Tim Roth can't keep his damn dirty paws off Mark Wahlberg.

Speaking of which, Burton's version also comes with its own "shocker" finale -- its own Statue of Liberty -- but it has all the impact of a grain of sand falling to earth. It feels only like a tossed-off, tacked-on ending, and it nearly betrays all of the goodwill that the first 115 minutes engender. It disrupts the continuity of the movie and smacks of a franchise finale; it's a conclusion in search of a sequel, and it escorts the audience out of the theater with a shrug instead of a shock. It's enough to drive anyone apeshit.

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