Thursday, 14 April 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes [trailer]

La Planète des singes pub. 1963 by Pierre Boulle translated as Planet of the Apes. It is inspired. The 1968 film is more famous than the novel. The 1968 film has the best ending in movie history.

The film created a cottage industry: four sequels and a 2001 remake, a television series, an animated television series and the bric-à-brac of merchandising. It has enough of a cultural impact that another film is always a possibility.

There is a reason stories start at the beginning. Prequels rarely work. In today’s smash-and-grab box office strategy they don’t really have to.
When one character argues with another that the cost of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease might be too much then the quality of the writing has been exposed. Like the 2001 remake this could be a white elephant mammoth.

It doesn’t have to be.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 opens 5th August in the US and 12th August in the UK.

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