Short Films Fill In Gap Before Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 2, 2014 in Cinema

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I thought the whole point of the latest reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise was to show the entire rise of a planet ruled by apes. But all of the good stuff in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was right at the end (or in the credits!), and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is skipping over a lot of the first movie’s tumultuous aftermath. So I can understand the appeal of Fox and Vice releasing three prequels to Dawn, collectively titled Before the Dawn. The three short films depict the outbreak of Simian Flu one, five, and ten years after Rise. But why aren’t any of these events being put into the film series? This is like talking up how good Halo‘s story is when all the plot and details are in books, not the games. Read more…

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New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer Arrives

Posted by Ben Huber on May 9, 2014 in Cinema


This new plot-heavy trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is sure to get people excited. It garners a lot of sympathy for the apes, because though we all know how this story is ending, we can’t help but feel bad for the apes. The conflict between the humans and the ever-growing population of apes, according to Caesar, has “already begun.” Returning as Caesar is Andy Serkis, and starring alongside him as several of the humans are Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Judy Greer. Check out the trailer below. I’m not sure how interested I am in this, but this was definitely as solid trailer. Read more…

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Rise of the Review Scores of the Planet of the Apes

Posted by Michael Sacco on Aug 6, 2011 in Cinema

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Look, let’s face it. I don’t think any of us were really expecting a lot out of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The series, which started off with a perfectly fine sci-fi film, suffered from a few too many sequels, and Tim Burton’s bizarre (obviously) 2001 remake certainly wasn’t a critical success, even if it did make a bunch of money. And yet, here we are, ten years later, with a prequel/reboot to the series released in theaters. But here’s the really shocking thing: it’s apparently pretty good. Roger Ebert gave it three stars, and review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes places it at a very healthy 80%. Don’t believe the action-packed trailer that makes it look like there’s some ape war, though — it’s a thriller, not an action movie. Damn you marketers all to hell! Read more…

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