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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Trailer!

As long as I can remember I have been a huge fan of the Planet of the Apes films.  As a young  boy growing up they were my first taste of a more bleak sci-fi than I had been exposed to through Star Wars, Star Trek and the like.  From my childhood catching bits and pieces of the films on cable to devouring the Blu-rays as an adult, they have never lost their allure for me.  There is something about the mystery of the world they created that keeps me coming back for more and more.

When Tim Burton's remake was released, aside from the gorgeous make-up work from Rick Baker, I could not forget the movie fast enough.  There was nothing about that movie that worked for me as a Planet of the Apes film.  It wasn't that I was opposed to seeing Planet of the Apes given fresh life, it was that the dour mysterious tone of the original films was nowhere to be seen.  These movies have always been about tone for me and Burton just didn't deliver.

Needless to say when I first heard that they would be making a film centered around Caesar with no regard for continuity with the existing films and using CG primates I was more than a little skeptical.  But I have to say that after seeing this trailer most of my worries have flown right out the window.  Yeah the FX work looks stunning but the feel of this trailer is what really has me really excited.  If the whole feature can match the tone of this 2 minute trailer we may actually have a worthy successor to the original Planet of the Apes films.

So check out the trailer and let me know what you think.  Are you getting a modern Planet of the Apes vibe or something else?  Does this movie deserve our attention or in five years will it be in the discount bin with Burton's film?


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