Apr 14 2011 8:00pm

Trailer Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

What is it about the Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer that’s so awesome? Starting from the beginning, it rolls out its reveal slowly, and tantalizingly: scientist James Franco’s discovery of a way to make the brain heal itself has some sort of connection to the apes held captive in the lab...oh whoa, it boosts, there sure are a lot of them...okay, this is getting ominous...OH MY GOD AN APE JUMPS OFF A BRIDGE TO ATTACK A HELICOPTER!!!

Some elements in the movie look a little familiar—Frieda Pinto’s character better have more to do in the movie than just stand around telling James Franco what he’s doing is “wrong”—but the apes, while clearly CG, are really really good CG (from the company who did the FX for Avatar, but who it must be noted did not write the script). And, it cannot be overstated, that shot of the ape going ape (there’s no other word for it) and launching itself at the helicopter is awwwwwwwesommmmmmmme.

If there’s more than one shot of an ape launching itself off a bridge to attack a helicopter, I nominate this movie for the Palme D’Or, the Hugo, and every category at the Oscars. Short of dinosaurs eating people, I can think of few things more noble than ape-on-helicopter violence. August 5th, people. August 5th.

Danny Bowes is a playwright, filmmaker and blogger. He is also a contributor to and

Ian P. Johnson
1. Ian P. Johnson
This looks like a good movie. However, I'm ominously reminded of John Hodgman's famous blockbuster movie pitch, which can be summed up in one sentence:

"Mr. President, all animals are attacking all humans."

And yes, I am familiar with Planet of the Apes. I am not an ignoramus.

Funny story– my uncle was once on a cruise ship, and there was a screening of the original Planet of the Apes. He watched it, there was the shot of the Statue of Liberty at the end, and he knew instantly what the filmmakers had meant to do– the Planet of the Apes is Earth, this is actually Earth's nightmare future, yadda yadda yadda. Later on, in the dining hall, there were two old ladies having a conversation right next to him, and he heard one old lady say to the other, very excitedly:

"And do you know what those monkeys did? They stole the Statue of Liberty!"

That's now what I think of whenever I think of Planet of the Apes. And you know what? That could make an interesting movie. Damn landmark-stealing space monkeys!
Kent Aron Vabø
2. sotgnomen
Looks cool.
The title kinda put me off, though. Sounds a bit like the old "Revenge of the son of the return of..."
Danny Bowes
3. DannyBowes
Ian---The landmark-stealing monkeys can be chased down by none other than Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. They're adapting everything else, right?
Ian P. Johnson
4. trench
I for one welcome our new Ape overlords.
James Whitehead
5. KatoCrossesTheCourtyard
Haven't these scientists ever heard to contolled tests?

Noneo Yourbusiness
6. Longtimefan
It looks interesting but it does miss the point that the original film presented which was that the apes were trusted and dissmissed by people as integrated workers not lab subjects who break out of a controled environment.

It is more like Deep Blue Sea with apes.

This new movie may succeed at making the point that taking advantage of animals because one can is a bad idea but it does look like it is difficult to tell from the trailer.
Ian P. Johnson
7. idleprimate
it's early yet to deconstruct the story, based on speculation from a 2 minute trailer.

I'm excited about it being good. if it turns out to be deep blue sea with apes, well, deep blue sea is a fun guilty pleasure that i've rewatched on many occasions.
Mike Conley
8. NomadUK
"And do you know what those monkeys did? They stole the Statue of Liberty!"

That right there is sufficient reason to think that it's about time we admit defeat and just let the apes have a go at it.
Ian P. Johnson
9. etranger
I'm a little curious as to why the scientists did their first lab tests on apes. Usually, scientists start out with less expensive test subjects, such as mice. Indeed, I think a film called "Rise of the Planet of the Mice" would be pretty amazing, and a lot more original (how many sequels has Planet of the Apes had?)
Also, I sort of wonder if this brain enhancement came with super powers as well. I mean, I know apes can do some amazing things, but jumping on helicopters? But I think this is the kind of movie to just watch and not think about too much, so I'm probably over-analyzing this.

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