Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer online
The trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes has arrived. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, writer and director of The Escapist (Filmstalker review), and starring James Franco, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo, Freida Pinto and David Hewlett, the film presents a new version of the origin of the Planet of the Apes films.
Previously we saw the teaser and behind the scenes footage, but now the full trailer is out and I think it's looking really good, although there is a bit of a surprise.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes looks like it's the complete takeover story, the trailer seems to leap very quickly from experiment to army of apes attacking humans. I just wonder how much of this is down to trying to make an exciting story and how much is actually reflecting the speed of events in the film.
Here's the official blurb for Rise of the Planet of the Apes:
An origin story in the true sense of the word, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is set in present day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale -- a science fiction/science-fact blend where mankind's hubris leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
It's short because most of it is taken up with telling us that WETA are the team behind the effects and that they will bring us photo realistic apes in the film rather than people in costumes or bad CG, apparently that's something people were concerned about.
For me I'm more concerned about it losing the power of the original films and turning into a CG showcase of big action sequences, something that seems to be reflected by that closing scene of an ape looking around, it's saying "look at what we've done, we've made the apes look real".
Now if it didn't have WETA and Rupert Wyatt behind the scenes I would be concerned that this is what the trailer is suggesting the film is delivering, but there's more to the trailer than that, and there are some very cool shots, but what I also hope we're going to see are some questions about humanity and morality and not just an action/end of the world film with apes.