‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Teaser – The Ape Revolution Begins

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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20th Century Fox has been heightening interest in its prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, over the past week. Yesterday WETA effects workshop hosted a live chat that offered fans another glimpse at its work on the film, and just a few days before that we got our first look at Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, transformed via the magic of motion-capture technology.

Now there is an official teaser trailer for the Planet of the Apes prequel, a sci-fi cautionary tale that reveals how humanity’s experiments with genetic engineering led to the formation of hyper-intelligent apes – and a revolution headed by the primate Caesar.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco as Will Rodman, a scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in the race to cure Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to his unorthodox genetic work with non-human primates. One of his subjects, Caesar, develops unexpected levels of intelligence, and sets out to free his simian brethren from their cruel human captors (whose ranks include Brian Cox). The rest, as they say, is (fictional) history.

The reaction to the five seconds of footage that was already unveiled from the Apes prequel was by and large very positive, and now we get to truly see Caesar and his primate pals in action. But does the CGI still look as convincing and lifelike?

Find out by watching the teaser trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (via Apple) below:

Overall I find this to be a pretty effective teaser trailer for the new Planet of the Apes venture. It offers us a look at most of the main players (including Franco, Serkis, Cox, Freida Pinto, and David Oyelowo), introduces us to the basic “man vs. nature” conflict of the story, and does a nice job of teasing the actual ape revolution against humanity.

The digital effects and CGI primates look pretty decent as well, even when viewed on a small screen. WETA’s ability to render photo-realistic creatures will be put to the test with the Apes prequel, since they are using the mo-cap technology to create animals that exist in real-life. As we’ve seen in films that use the tech to recreate humans (most recently, in Mars Needs Moms), the results can be unsettling and off-putting if not done properly. So far, that doesn’t look to be the case here.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters this summer on August 5th.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. By 1:27 Caesar looks like some kind of ape-human hybrid, or the extinct hominid Australopithecus. Hope the CGI doesn’t make him appear too different from the outset or that’ll kind of defeat the whole object. The brief shot just after that of apes in the trees reminded me of a scene in Will Self’s Great Apes (guy wakes up to find the whole of humanity, including himself, has done a Kafka’s Metamorphosis and turned into chimpanzees; is he a drug-addled human or an insane ape? Now THAT one’d make a pretty disturbing movie.

  2. Alright! This looks great. Now bring on the definitive Tarzan movie!

  3. It’s too bad Burton ruined the remake of the original. With the effects today, a true remake of the original or closer adaptation of the book would be great.

    Gotta say though, this movie looks really interesting to me. Hope it’s good.

    BTW – is there any movie these days that DOESN’T have James Franco or Liam Neeson? Both those guys are in everything it seems

  4. Looks pretty good. I wouldn’t stay too tied to the source material, after the first original one all the subsequent ones weren’t that hot. This is definitely an interesting take on it and I had no intentions of seeing it until I saw this trailer.

  5. They showed a little more than they needed to in the trailer, like most movies nowadays, but I am looking forward to this.

  6. Looks promising. I love the look of self-realization when he looks in the mirror. That was a nice touch.

    (Won’t be the same without Roddy MacDowall though)

  7. Looks interesting. Apes dont look bad at all and from what ive heard the script is promising so i hope it translates well on screen.

  8. Also, I forgot to add that i HATE the title. They should have just kept it Rise of the Apes.

  9. Looks good to me! I like the concept- hopefully it’s executed well. I give all the Apes material lots of leeway from me anyway, can’t be too hard on this stuff.

  10. Didn’t we already have this in 2008?

  11. seriously please someone stop these people Hollywood needs to be stopped

  12. Great trailer and I hope this reboot will be great and has sequels.

  13. Sorry the trailer does not do it for me. i just wish that the story had carried on from the last planet of the apes remake. this movie just seems too far away from the original story line it does for me anyway !!!

  14. The movie was awesome I got emoticonal on some parts but the movie was awesome and the action parts were amazing!