Davidson (Wahlberg) finds out the monument that the apes were worshipping was actually the ship that he launched from at the beginning of the movie. It was a monument because the monkeys that were kept in the cages escaped and created the ape society on the planet. It had been there for thousands of years, which means Davidson jumped forward in time through a black hole. Davidson finds his ship and travels back to Earth. When he jumped back, time went back to normal and he hears a voice on the radio, guding him in. He crashes near the Washington Monument, and sees a statue of General Thade instead of Lincoln. Police rush to the scene of the crash and they all turn out to be apes.
Plot hole: The "video history" of the crashed USAF ship makes it very clear that the planet is uninhabited when they "landed". I can understand how a race of apes develops - they had a bunch of them on board. I can understand how a race of humans develops - they are descendants of the original crew. What I don't understand is...where the heck did all the horses come from?
Trivia: Linda Harrison, who portrayed Nova in the original Planet of the Apes and its sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes, has a cameo appearance in this movie as one of the people inside the rolling cage as it's being taken into the city. She is seen standing next to Mark Wahlberg, shaking her head when he asks her a question.
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