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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, New Trailer

A new trailer is now available for Twentieth Century Fox’s new incarnation of the Planet of the Apes franchise in Rise of the Planet of the Apes scheduled to hit theaters August 5. In this new trailer we see something of the back story as a therapy for the healing of brain disorders is experimented with on chimpanzees. One chimp is selected, who becomes Caesar, the leader of an ape revolt with the film tagline “evolution becomes revolution.”

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  • Carl Rosenberg says:

    Not having seen the movie yet, this is a tentative comment, but judging from the trailer, the forthcoming movie doesn’t seem to have many of the science fiction elements of the original series from the 60s and 70s, or even the Tim Burton film in 2001–social commentary, satire, cosmic elements such as time travel, etc. It looks more a “techno-thriller” a la Michael Crichton.

  • You may be right, Carl. If so then it will be better than Tim Burton’s effort, but in my view, fall short of what was accomplished with the initial series of films in the franchise. I’ll be writing a review of this for Cinefantastique Online in August after the premier.

  • Carl Rosenberg says:

    We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. I think one of the best variations on the whole POTA idea, apart from the original series of films (especially the first one), was the original novel by Pierre Boulle, which the Atlantic Monthly described as being descended from Jonathan Swift on one hand and Jules Verne on the other.

    Speaking of books—I thought the best novelization of the original films (the sequels) was Jerry Pournelle’s adaption of Escape from the Planet of the Apes (one of the best of the sequels in any case).

  • I’ve been a fan since the 1970s watching them on the small screen. For my money the first film was the best, followed by Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which provided sharp social commentary on race as perhaps none of the others in the series did. I haven’t read any of the novelizations or the new comic series.

    Carl, are you on Facebook? If so, you can be a part of the TheoFantastique group there where I post almost daily links to key items on science fiction, horror and fantasy.

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