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Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer online

RiseoftheApes.jpgThe 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.

You can see the trailer over at Apple Trailers through Cinema Blend, and they have an embeddable version right here:



Certainly a film I'm looking forward to.

This sounds like it has a great deal more potential than the Mark Wahlberg remake from the early oughts. I think I made it through 30 excruciating minutes of that one before deciding enough was enough. But, I have a great deal of faith that this will be better.

Doesn’t it look good? But … I do have one problem with this film … while I have no difficulty at all believing that these super apes can evolve to the point where they enslave all of mankind, I am having a bit of trouble believing James Franco as any kind of scientist. But, I suppose, this film is fiction so … we must suspend belief for a minute. I was initially a bit worried by the notion of a prequel to the 1968 film The Planet of the Apes … but after seeing this trailer, my worries have been put to rest.

Oh, it's been a while since the first film was released people might wanna take a look at it again before watching this prequel. It ended hanging, well maybe such questions will be answered now.

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