‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer Reveals Illogical Origin Story

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.

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  • Murtada

    it’s not that bad. Looks like the usual summer hokum movie.

  • Jose

    Now you made me feel ashamed for actually enjoying the trailer and thinking it looks like a good movie (I still do).

    Thanks a lot.

  • Don’t feel ashamed! What do I know? I’m just prematurely judging a movie I have not seen.

    Have you seen the original?

  • Way to screw up a potentially brilliant pit-in-your-gut emotional thriller by turning it into your typical science fiction CG cash grab. Nothing particularly impressive, despite the great cast it seems to have. The visual effects are pretty great though. Attributing the entire film to WETA DIGITAL seems appropriate.

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