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    April 14, 2011


    20th Century Fox has finally unveiled the first teaser for their upcoming Summer (not-so-blockbuster-anticipated after all) tent-pole that revisits the Planet of the Apes franchise once more. It is a prequel, and the timeline is generally way before Mark Wahlberg time travelled into Tim Burton's land of millions of apes in 2001. In 2011 - that's 10 years after that, comes The Rise of the Apes (a title I much preferred than) Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Tom Felton and Andy Serkis as the apes and directed by Rupert Wyatt! Before you say anything about the long title of this film, watch the trailer embedded below:

    I have to be frank here. The trailer looks good despite all the bad publicity I have been receiving recently. The release date has been yoyo-ing around the year for quite sometimes but eventually 20th Century Fox moves back its release date this August 5, which is a good thing in terms of prospect rather than fighting off so many movies during the Thanksgiving period. Then, there is a concern on how this rushed production would end up like with much of the worry is now shifted on how to set up a good premise to the popular franchise. The fact that this is a prequel, gives room for the story to evolve and I am not surprise there will be a sequel if the movie works. The trailer has been very decent in highlighting the evolution of the primates and how intelligence and cognitive thinking have make the species evolving to tumble the human.

    Nevertheless, the trailer shows almost nothing more than a glimpse of what we can expect from the primate rampage.
    Plot-wise, an origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco as Will Rodman, a scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in the race to cure Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to his unorthodox genetic work with non-human primates. One of his subjects, Caesar, develops unexpected levels of intelligence, and sets out to free his simian brethren from their cruel human captors (whose ranks include Brian Cox). The rest, as they say, is (fictional) history.
    from Screen Rant

    Rise of the Planet of the Ape is coming to town on August 5th, 2011.
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