I'm confused by the final scene in the Planet of the Apes film (2001, not the recent Rise film).
Leo lands on Earth in his own time to find it run by the Apes. How does this happen?
- I'm assuming that the Ape planet they're on for the majority of the film is not Earth, as we're certainly not given any reason to believe it is Earth that I can tell. The ship makes a point of telling him he's landing on Earth which it hasn't elsewhere. If it is however we're led to believe it's many years in the future.
- Leo travels back in time from the future alien world to Earth (you can see the clock counting down when he's flying)
- There's a statue to Thade instead of Lincoln
This implies either that the clock is wrong and this was Earth all along, his navigation is broken, he's going forward in time at the end, not back, and Ape society has mirrored human history.
This is a parallel Earth of some kind.
Or that somehow Thade managed to escape from a locked room on a crashed ship with no fuel (or use Leo's originally crashed pod?). Take off, fly through the storm and arrive on Earth at some time in Earth's history then take over the entire planet?
What was the logic behind this scene? There must be a reason for it being in the film?