|Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Gambler
|This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2017
So... I was never a huge fan of the Planet of the Apes films. I remember liking the score and Charlton Heston's fuck-you attitude in the first film but never felt a need to see all of the original series and the less said about the Tim Burton remake the better. So I wasn't really in any hurry to see these new ones, but pretty much everyone says they're great so... I guess it's time.
To me though, the idea of prequel-ing Planet of the Apes with photo-realistic CG apes doesn't really appeal to me. In addition to the movies, I'm not a huge fan of apes and monkeys in real life. They're close to humans but super fast and strong and smart enough to know what they're doing. Throwing their poop and ripping out genitals and whatnot... Not at the top of my cute cuddly animals list. So maybe the idea of seeing apes taking over the world isn't exactly on the top of my list...
All that said, this first one was pretty good! Once I got over the whole Ape thing, the movie plays more like a prison break movie than what I was afraid of (Project X flashbacks). Similar to a zombie outbreak or disaster flick where you get to rooting for the ape overlord takeover (hail, bees!). I also appreciated the foreshadowing of the lost martian mission.
So I guess I'm in it now, might as well keep it going.