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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Could finding a cure for Alzheimer’s bring on an ape rebellion?  According to the latest Planet of the Apes film, the answer is yes, which is unfortunate but what can you do.

The Planet of the Apes started as a book and was then made into a film, in 1968.  This movie spawned four sequels and a TV series and was then remade in 2001.  The remake, though being closer to the original book, was negatively received, mainly due to the confusing ending.  Now in 2011, another attempt at rebooting the series has been made, but is Rise of the Planet of the Apes the start of something great or another mistake?

James Franco plays a scientist who is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s to bring his father back.  His research is sent back from the animal testing phase when one of the apes goes on a rampage, which he discovers was due to the fact she thought they were going to hurt her baby.  Noticing the baby chimp, Caesar, has inherited the treatment genetically from its mother, Will, Franco’s character, takes him home and raises him.  He also begins secretly testing the medication on his father.  After an incident, Caesar is taking from Will and put in a refuge.  Here he is mistreated by humans and begins to plot a rising, with the aid of Will’s Alzheimer’s medication.

As a fan of the original series, I was worried about the computer generated apes.  This is the first Planet of the Apes film that hasn’t used people in ape costumes.  There were times when I thought the apes didn’t look like apes, but they always fit in with the environment and looked like they were actually there, so for that reason I’m going to call it a success.  Caesar’s movements were done by Andy Serkis, who also played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.  Serkis did a great job, the movements were very realistic, much more than that of apes in the previous films.  It’s hard to empathise with a character that can’t speak, but the facial expressions and eyes do a wonderful job and it’s easy to feel for Caesar.  In fact, they are so good that it’s sometimes depressing to watch.

Many of the themes in the film are going to put you in a downer; animal research, animal abuse, Alzheimer’s, loss, etc.  Not exactly a feel good film, but it does have plenty of heart and will have you rooting against mankind.  If you’re a fan of the originals you should be able to spot some links to the old films, the line ‘get you’re hand off me you damn dirty ape’ for example.  Remember, this is not a prequel it’s a reboot, so don’t expect it to match up, it doesn’t.  However, they already have plans to make sequels to this movie and hopefully they bring in some more aspects from the original series.  An interesting idea I read, that I hope is put in a future installment, is to show the apes destroy the Statue of Liberty.  If you’re looking for a movie with a good story and a lot of heart then this is the film for you, but if you want a feel good film then avoid this at all costs.

What do you think?  Have you seen the film?  Do you like the CGI apes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

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Rise of the Apes

Imagine a world were apes were the dominant species and humans were just pets.  Lucky for you, you don’t have to imagine, because they’ve made a film about it.  Actually they’ve made lots of films about it, but it started as a book call La Planéte des singes.  It was written by Pierre Boulle and tells the tale of a couple that find a message in a bottle floating in space.  The message explains that two men travelled from Earth to a planet that was ruled by apes.  On this planet humans were primitive servants, but when the apes find out these new arrivals intelligent they decide all humans must be killed.  One of the men escapes with a primitive woman, that he fell in love with, and the child they had together.  When he returns to Earth he finds that apes have taken over the world.

The first film came out in 1968.  In this version the apes planet is revealed to be Earth, which was not the case in the original novel.  The film was a success and has had four sequels, two TV adaptations and a re-imagining, plus the upcoming film, Rise of the Apes.

The re-imagining of the film came out in 2001 and was also a success.  It was all set to have a sequel, but Tim Burton, who directed the film, said he’d rather ‘jump out a window’ than do another one.  The end of this film was closer to the novels ending.  Leo returns to Earth and finds it is ruled by apes.  This ending confused audiences; it was not really done very well.  It kind of mixed the books ending with the ending of the original movie, he made it back to his time but it has to be the same planet because the Lincoln Memorial changed into a memorial for General Thade, the bad guy.

The plot of the upcoming film, Rise of the Apes, has not been completely revealed, but we do know that it’s a prequel (to what I don’t know).  I assume it must be a prequel to the 2001 movie, as it differs from the canon of the older films.  In the film, James Franco will play a scientist who is experimenting on apes.  One of the apes, Caesar, begins to mutate and become intelligent.  The film is said to be a warning about genetic engineering.  This will be the first Planet of the Apes film to us CGI to create the apes.  The movie is expected to hit cinemas on the 5th of August, so be on the lookout for mutated apes.

What do you think?  Do you want the Planet of the Apes franchise to continue or would you prefer if it died out?  Which is your favourite Planet of the Apes film?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Most Anticipated Film of 2011

Whether you’re after side splitting comedy, spin tingling horror or depressing drama movies, you won’t be disappointed this year.  A wide range of films will bounce on and off of cinema screens this year, some will be good, others will not.  You probably not know every film that’s coming out this year, but I’m sure you have one that you’re looking forward to and I want to know what it is.

The movie business is all about finding out what people like to see, because if you know what people it’s easier to get them to part with their money.  You may have heard 2011 being called the year of the sequel, which has a lot of truth to it.  This year we’re going to see the return of franchises that we thought were surely dead.  Among others, this means the return of Final Destination, which I’ll be talking about in the next few days.

The one I’m most looking forward to is Rise of the Apes, which returns to the wonderful franchise Planet of the Apes.  The film stars James Franco.  I’d love to talk more about this now, but the point of this post is finding out what films other people are tapping their foot in anticipation for.

Maybe it’s The Hangover 2 that has you pacing the floor or perhaps it’s The Avengers.  Also, what genre of movie is your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Be sure to check back tomorrow when I’ll be talking about one of the most shocking movie returns of the year.


The Oscar Winners 2011

Winning an Oscar is pretty much the best thing that can happen to an actor, director or anyone in the film industry.  The winners are selected by other members of that field e.g. Best Director is picked by directors.  It’s basically like all your co-workers saying ‘you’re the best’.  It’s the high point of their career, they’ve peaked and it’s all downhill from there.  With the exception of those who win multiple Oscars, those bastards.

Here are the results of some of the more well known categories:

Best Picture
The Kings Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper – The Kings Speech

Best Actor
Colin Firth – The Kings Speech

 Best Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Melissa Leo’s speech was interesting; she managed to say the ‘F’ word on, what’s probably, the most elegant event there is.  This is the first year that I’ve actually watched the Oscars, granted I didn’t get to see it all because of the time difference, but I’ll catch a repeat.  To be honest, I was expecting it to be overly formal and boring, but it wasn’t (which is a good thing).  I’ve annoyed people all day, as I desperately try to describe the opening clip that, hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway made.  It was hilarious, but the funniest part was Franco’s grandmother who stood up and proclaimed ‘I seen Marky Marky’.

Do you agree with the results?  Leave a comment and vote below.


Oscar Nominations

Yesterday was the RAZZIES,  the Golden Raspberry, nominations, but today we have the Oscar nominations, which some would argue are less important, to the world of film, than the RAZZIES.  The Oscars has many categories, but the most important are; best picture, best director, best actor, best actress and best visual effects.

Best Picture
The Kings Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Inception
True Grit
Black Swan
127 Hours
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
Winters Bone

Considering that Toy Story 3 technically shouldn’t even be in this category, because there is a separate category for animated films, I’d say it definitely has a chance of winning.  Although, personally, I would prefer to see Inception get the award.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Best Director
Tom Hooper – The Kings Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen – True Grit
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David O. Russell – The Fighter

Disappointing to see that Christopher Nolan did not get nominated, he’s such a great director.  For this category my money is on either David Fincher or Darren Aronofsky.

Best Actor
Colin Firth – The Kings Speech
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
James Franco – 127 Hours

Colin Firth will probably win, but I’m hoping for Eisenberg.  By doing The Social Network he broke out of being typecast and I love when that happens.  Come on Jack Black break away do something that requires more range.

 Best Actress
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winters Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Portman has this in the bag.  Nothing against the other nominees, I’m sure they all did great and it’s an achievement to be nominated, but the girl broke bones to make Black Swan, that’s commitment and it shows.

 Although we now know who the nominees are, we won’t know the winners until the actual ceremony which will be on February 27th, the day after the RAZZIES.  Who do you think should win?  Let me know by leaving a comment and voting below.