AS science fiction tropes go, the well-intentioned scientist who over-reaches him or herself with disastrous consequences is a very familiar one.
So considering the new trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes starts on that well-trodden path, I raised a world-weary eyebrow … but, I couldn’t help but like it. Have a watch.
Here’s some reasons why:
2) James Franco is in it – the Oscar-nominated renaissance man has been improving and improving as an actor and will no doubt bring a touch of class to what may still be hokum. See Alan Rickman in anything he does.
3) It’s in our world – the original PotA film was an allegory for the changing society it was created in, of previously rock-solid certainties being wrenched away from Chuck Heston and his gang in a ‘foreign’ land.
This film could be said to be taking the same path – playing on fears over immigration for instance – but just like the better than average Escape From The Planet of the Apes, this film is set in modern day Earth.
Unlike EftPotA, that decision wasn’t taken to keep the budget low which means we will get to see the Monkey apocalypse in a recognisable location, making it hopefully much more effective and gripping.
4) The look, just the look – the moment of silence at the end of the trailer when Caeser (I presume that’s what they will call him) slowly looks up is nothing, yet everything. Andy Serkis has always been able to get his performance through whatever CGI they layer over him, and it looks like he’s worked his mojo again. Of course, he has some very big shoes to fill in Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter.
What do you see? Intelligence? Malevolence?
What do you think? Could this deliver the goods or what?
- ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Teaser – The Ape Revolution Begins (screenrant.com)
- ‘Rise of the Apes’ Trailer (slashfilm.com)
- “Intelligent Apes with Digital Fur: Livestream with Weta about Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and related posts (sciencefictionbiology.blogspot.com)