‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ International Trailer is Shorter & Sweeter

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Rise of the Planet of the Apes international trailer Rise of the Planet of the Apes International Trailer is Shorter & Sweeter

Most of the footage so far unveiled from Rise of the Planet of the Apes has focused on the darker twists and turns the sci-fi drama/thriller takes as it builds towards the eventual collapse of human society. That strategy has allowed 20th Century Fox to show off the state-of-the-art motion-capture effects that WETA Workshop developed in order to bring the rebellious non-human primates to life.

The Planet of the Apes prequel looks to have its share of melodrama as well – and not only due to the eventual (presumably, third act) plot twist where the titular simians revolt against their captors, but also because of the character arc undergone by the leader of the rebellion, Caesar (played by Andy Serkis).

Part of the official description of Rise of the Planet of the Apes reveals that the plot is really set in motion when “a single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other.” The deed in question is presumably performed by protagonist, Will Rodman (James Franco) – a scientist who tests the effectiveness of his cure for Alzheimer’s disease on Caesar, with unexpected results.

As revealed in this new international Apes trailer, Will and his father (John Lithgow) actually begin to care for Caesar when he is just an infant, on through to his time as an adult. Caesar clearly forms a strong emotional bond to both his foster father and grandfather – even as things take a turn for the tragic, and the intellectually-advanced ape is imprisoned and abused by a different, cruel father-son duo (Brian Cox and Tom Felton).

Find out where that leads by watching the international Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer below:

Caesar and his CGI ape compatriots may not always look completely convincing, but they’re just as facially expressive and naturally mobile as WETA’s other most famous mo-cap creation: the Na’vi in Avatar. That actually lends a more moving emotional undercurrent to the endearing and heart-felt moments involving Caesar, Will, and his father alike – which is good, since a story about a chimpanzee (even a genetically-altered one) bonding with humans could easily descend into schmaltzy territory. Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case here so far.

While there’s also the risk that Rise of the Planet of the Apes could devolve into a conventional sci-fi cautionary tale, the biggest issue most people seem to have with the film is the idea that somehow Apes could actually overthrow contemporary human society. Apes director Rupert Wyatt has already spoken out about how the film is primarily focused on “leveling the playing field” to account for how the primate revolution eventually succeeds. Now we just have to wait and see the movie itself to find out if Wyatt and Co. can convincingly pull that act off.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters this summer on August 5th, 2011.

Source: 20th Century Fox

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: planet of the apes, rise of the apes, rise of the planet of the apes

32 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. cannot wait for this. tired of hearing people laugh at the theater when this trailer comes on. i know its crazy but its crazy awesome

  2. This is going to be fun to watch. I can’t wait for it. I hope they manage to pull off the “even the playing field” aspect

  3. International? Does that applies to Mexico too? Because I live in Culiacan, Sinaloa (Mexico) and here we got the regular U.S. long and darker trailer.

    • Same in Australia

  4. This movie is gonna be awesome can’t wait.

  5. Does anyone one know if Ceasar is going to talk in the film ?, just curious..

    • Hopefully not. Physiologically, chimps don’t have the same vocal cord structure/larynx position, and therefore can’t talk like humans. They can fully master the English language (via sign language and whatnot, as has been proven), but can’t physically make the same vocal sounds required for “talking” like us. Obviously they can make all their own sounds, just not human ones.

  6. Horrible CGI.

    • Ok, you work up your version and we’ll compare and see who’s is better.

    • One of those comments so glaringly wrong, you know it’s just to get attention. Congrats.

  7. I’m just wondering if the movie has tanks that they’re not showing in the trailer…because I’m having a hard time imagining tanks losing out to apes.

    Nevertheless looking forward to this movie, seems to have a heAlthy mix of emotion and action.

    • Hahaha they took out the part where he says ‘The CCUREEEEE” and put the part “The cure to alzheimer’s” because they know “The Cure” was ridiculously original and sounded stupid.

    • Well, look at it this way. Just how exactly do you shoot an ape with a tank? I guess we child nuke ‘em…

  8. EPIC!!

  9. Anyone else notice that chopped & spliced dialogue right at the beginning? Pretty funny. “Meet chimp 9,” “we gave him,” “a gene therapy that,” “allows the brain,” “to repair itself,” “we call it,” “a cure to Alzheimer’s.”

    Sounds like the opening phrase is all cut from different dialogue throughout the movie. Gotta love it! At least we won’t hear that phrase in the film, which, in a sense, creates an original scene just for the trailer.

  10. effects look good in some parts, bad in others… everything else looks really good, the story in particular is what i’ll be watching this for (never saw the boring/long original ape movies). though i fear alot of people will get pissy b/c of that scene with the guys abusing the animals.

    i think its pretty realistic how the humans (to be more specific: american’s) are using guns against the apes, its what they’d do irl, it portrays america’s perfectly – shot now ask questions later.

  11. I don’t care about what fanboys would say, but this could be the best Apes movie ever. I think the costumed, talking monkeys before are ridiculous.

    • Looking forward to this, and the scenes with Ceasar and John Lithgow look touching

  12. Hmm… there is something terribly wrong with the chimp faces, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Could be the fact that they’ve given Cæsar humanish eyes.

    And the mini-Cæsar thingie is an abomination. Seems that one fell straight into the Uncanny Vally.

    • Oh just noticed this: the editing of the trailer makes it seem the lead chimp ages 30-40 years, Lithgow ages 10-20 years… while Franco doesn’t age a day.

    • Yes, I realized there was something wrong with their faces the first time I saw the trailer. I think they over-humanized the chimps’ faces. They made the made their faces a bit too human like, and the animation shows an exaggerated amount of human expression. Also, most Chimps I’ve seen have dark faces. It’s just another example of “too clean” CGI animals. Oh, well. They still look really cool, though.

  13. I saw the trailer to this when I went to the movies this week.
    It’s a movie I’m actually looking forward to, but from the trailer I saw, I hope their CG work isn’t finished.

    The closeups of Andy Serkis as the ape were great and very expressive, but most of the distance shots of the other apes were far from convincing. They had that “looks like one large rubbery mass” look of unfinished CGI. There was something wrong with articulations, and the fur wasn’t convincing in any way.

    That said, there are parts of the trailer that I quite honestly found scary and creepy! Done right, this film COULD be almost a horror film, and a VERY frightening one, at that.

    • Totally agree, I think they’ve done this right as a starting story. And yes it could have a very dark tone if they wanted to and that would also be really good. I hope they continue to focus on the drama of this story because that’s where it’s it. We’re pulled into the plight of Caesar and his desire to protect others.

      • Sorry quick fix “that’s where it’s at”

  14. oops, video gone…

    • oop! video came back?

  15. BTW that’s a very cute picture placed up there, very child like. I’m really liking how this is being put together.

  16. I dont understand why people are saying the graphics suck, WETA did a phenomenal job here. The only thing I’m guessing is that the people who are saying this don’t like CGI and had wished that they did it the original way of man with a rubber mask.

    This movie I think will be the Dark Horse winner this year.

    • one single person said that the CGI sucked. the rest of us are sharing pretty much the same view that in the trailer we have seen there appears to be a disparity of quality in the CGI, with some scenes working magically, while others are less successful.

      I somehow doubt many people here would prefer a man in a rubber mask over CGI. I certainly wouldn’t. so stop generalizing.

  17. The CGI’s not “horrible”, but they still don’t look real… which I’m kinda disappointed with. But they still have time to improve that.

  18. I love the way that the policemen on horses mirror the scenes of Gorillas on horseback in the originals, and then to see them being the pray instead, that tells a lot.

  19. John Lithgow’s scene was pretty amazing with Ceasar. For some reason I didn’t want to see this movie, but seeing thast scene play out as it did now has me wanting to go. Watching him protect his family was great to see.

Be Social, Follow Us!!