One of the summer movies that I am most anticipating will be downright awful is the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes. From the awful double preposition title to the nonsensical premise, I can not quite see how this movie can take itself seriously. Upon hearing of its release, I was desperately hoping it was a satire.
The first trailer for the film, which was posted by /Film today shows that satire it is not. Instead it appears to be an overwrought CGI-filled film that is ripe with action movie cliches. James Franco, Frida Pinto, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, and Brian Cox star in the movie that attempts to explain the existence of The Planet of the Apes. From the trailer it appears to be a simple science versus man action movie that could potentially work as its own film, but not as part of the franchise.
It may be premature of me to judge a film based on its trailer, but there appears to be a few logic lapses in this film that do not lead into the 1968 original like a prequel is supposed to. The whole movie seems to be based on the implication that man kind is not entirely at fault for the downfall of the species. Undoubtedly there will be a human hero who the audience is supposed to empathize with, validating mankind’s struggle. The apes also seem to be adept at technology to an extreme level, which makes it strange that in the 1968 original, which takes place years in the future, they are a relatively simple race that builds dwellings out of stones and branches.
It is disappointing that an apparent money-grubbing effort will discount the thematic relevance of the solid 1968 original film. Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments.