Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Why are they making a prequel to the Planet of the Apes? Or, should I ask, why are they making another prequel, since the original film already had a prequel film called Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which was actually a pretty good film. The entire Ape series has a pretty clearly defined time line that shows what happened between the present up to the future, where the original film takes place. That time line was paradoxical, however, since the original film established the apes as mutants that evolved after the humans killed themselves off in a nuclear war (or some other kind of apocalypse), while the sequels involve time travel to explain where the intelligent race of apes came from, but that's a discussion for another blog post that I'm sure I'll go to someday. Anyway, this new film begs the question of whether it's a prequel to the original film or that awful Tim Burton remake from a few years back.

But whatever. This actually looks like a pretty cool maniac-monkey movie, but don't confuse it with an actual Planet of the Apes movie, which this absolutely is not. However, the special effects look amazing and it'll probably have some cool ape attack scenes.


Justin Garrett Blum said...

Looks kind of neat, I guess. My only question is, where did all of those freakin' gorillas come from in the middle of the city? I mean, don't most gorillas live out in the jungles of Africa or something? I wonder how many gorillas total are in the United States, including zoos.

Sundry said...

At first I thought this movie was a re-make of the original films. Then, I saw a trailer for the movie on television. Definitely not a remake, but a re-boot. An angry gorilla will always get my attention. An angry gorilla leaping to take down a helicopter that is in flight makes my jaw drop. I've watched a number of trailers online, and I'm now looking forward to seeing this movie. I am wondering the same thing as J. G. Blum, though: where did all of those apes come from? I think the movie is set in the San Francisco area. Labs? Rescue organizations? Zoos? Still, I'd be surprised if there are that many apes in the Bay Area. But, if that is the only flaw, I can suspend my disbelief and enjoy the film.