‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ UK Trailer: The Journey of Caesar

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes UK trailer Rise of the Planet of the Apes UK Trailer: The Journey of Caesar

Less than a week ago, a short international trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released. While previous theatrical previews for the prequel had focused largely on the familiar sci-fi cautionary tale aspect of the film, that last Apes clip was bigger on the emotional drama that involves the ape Caesar (brought to life by Andy Serkis) as he struggles to find his place in the world.

Now a full-length UK trailer  for the new installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise has been released – and it delves even further into Caesar’s journey from a simple infant chimpanzee to the neurologically-enhanced leader of a non-human primate revolution.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes chronicles the efforts of a genetic engineer named Will Rodman (James Franco) as he tests his new drug for curing Alzheimer’s disease on apes, including a young Caesar. As the chimp matures, he also begins to develop human-level intelligence and is able to communicate with his surrogate human family. Caesar’s inability to function in human society eventually forces Rodman to move him to a primate sanctuary run by a cruel man (Brian Cox) – whose actions eventually inspire Caesar to lead a rebellion against his captors.

There are a number of scenes in this new Apes trailer that mirror some of the more famous moments in the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie (ex. apes running away from human police officers on horseback, Tom Felton locking up Caesar in a pen and maliciously spraying him down with a hose). Longtime Apes fans should keep an eye out for additional “Easter Eggs” that visually reference or harken back to other installments in the sci-fi series.

Fair warning, though – the Rise of the Planet of the Apes UK trailer does essentially outline almost the entirety of Caesar’s character arc in the film. So consider that your MILD SPOILER WARNING.

Check out said trailer (via The Sun) below:

Director Rupert Wyatt has spoken in the past about how Rise of the Planet of the Apes attempts to use “a more scientific approach” to account for the eventual downfall of human civilization – and the film could actually do just that. However, the “what has man done?” storyline of the film is very conventional and there’s certainly the risk that the Apes prequel will end up being yet another corny parable in which humankind brings about its own doom by tampering with the laws of nature.

On the other hand: The CGI and motion-capture work by WETA is overall top notch, as both Caesar and his simian comrades look as convincing as any other digitally-rendered creatures ever put to film. More important than how realistic Caesar looks, is how emotionally-expressive the character is. As demonstrated by Serkis and WETA’s previous computer-animated primate character (a.k.a. King Kong), if moviegoers are able to emotionally connect with a CGI creation, they’re all the more willing to overlook flaws – and stop going on about whether or not the character looks legitimately “real.”

Rise of the Planet of the Apes will arrive in U.S. theaters on August 5th, 2011.

Source: The Sun

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  1. I cant get over how awesome this looks. Visually looks cool and the story looks very interesting.

    • dude the monkey after the part he says you have no idea what youre dealing with looks like king kong

  2. Ok, that does look really good. The music on the trailer is crap.

    And it suffers from the same problem as all prequels though, you know what happens in the end.

    • To an extent with this one. We know they end up taking over but we do not know if Caesar survives or how the movie ends, meaning we don’t know if they end where the first begins or end with a cliff hanger.

      Of course I could be wrong.

      • Well, we really don’t know if the apes take over the planet at the end of this one. If we go by the old movies, Aldo was the first ape to talk and he was a servant. So it’s possible that humans win at the end of this movie and enslave the apes.

  3. The CGI is just amazing. Just by seeing the trailer I’m already on Cesar’s side! His emotions are animated beautifully!

  4. “…and there’s certainly the risk that the Apes prequel will end up being yet another corny parable in which humankind brings about its own doom by tampering with the laws of nature.”

    100% agree.

    I think with the success of X-Men first class and the originality of some of his other stuff, I’d like see Matthew Vaughn take on more sci-fi and fantasy stuff. I am getting really bored with the retelling of the same story.

  5. Love it.

  6. The CGI is horrible IMHO.

    Too bad, cuz it seems like a film that will be genuinly fun and engaging. A silly plot driven by a really good story (if that makes sense at all).

    But, the CGI is straight from the Uncanny Valley. It would actually be better if it was worse, or if they made the chimps blue or sumthing.
    It might be just me, that I’m too used to seeing real chimps, but these things looks like the product of some twisted chimp/human hybridization programme gone terribly wrong.

    Still gonna see it tho.

    • you think the CGI is HORRIBLE?? mann i really dont want to seem like a jerk but dude, get your eyes checked.and i mean of course its not 100% perfect but it looks fantastic. Do you know any other visual effects company that can do any better OR even come close to this calibur??? Its ground breaking my man.
      (p.s. heyy green lantern, take some notes.)
      but anyy whooo, the movie looks great, i jus hope later own when they show some tv spots that they dont show too much of the movie.

      • *on

      • The CGI is horrible. I agree. The proportions on Caesar look too human especially his face. Everything about him screams CG. Who’s the VFX Supe on this? He’s the one that needs to get his eyes checked.

        • look to human??? in a way i think thats the idea, they are becoming smarter, close to human intellegence so yes it would make sense for the apes and Caesar to act more human!
          and to say its horrible???? dude come onnn!! like i said, do you know any visual effect company that can do any better? No!

      • Look up ‘Uncanny Valley’.

        I’m not claiming the CGI is of low quality, I’m sayin’ it looks creepy.

        • @guest star
          “The CGI is horrible IMHO.” thats in your words…soooooo you basically just prooved yourself wrong mate. lol
          But in all respect i do kind of understand where your coming from, i do think some scenes need to be brushed up on but heyy, the movie looks Amazing!

          • You should look up the definition of “horrible”.

  7. looks amazing, still cant figure out why people laugh at the trailer everytime they show it at the movies

  8. Looks creepy-good!!

  9. the intro of the music is such a Batman Begins ripoff, I dont know where to [begin]
    kool trailer eitherway

  10. Is this a reboot of the Planet of the Apes?
    Will their be sequels? or will this be a one arc story on this film?
    I’m not very familiar with the planet of the apes but to me thi looks like a really good scifi film !

  11. I love the original Apes series of movies, I’m just wondering if this is intended as a prequel to the original, or to the awful remake with Marky Mark. It looks like it will be cool whatever the case though.

  12. I may very well be getting carried away with my satisfaction that one of my favourite points about this film has been written about on Screenrant, but could it be that my post on here for the last Apes related trailer could have given inspiration to the following sentence/point in this article (not because of the point made, but just the wording). “There are a number of scenes in this new Apes trailer that mirror some of the more famous moments in the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie (ex. apes running away from human police officers on horseback,”. This is the comment i made previously, “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.”

  13. The trailer was awesome and excellent, it explains the story well about Caesar, his humainty, the evoultion of the apes and the downfall of the human civilization.

    This might be surispe hit, I hope this will turns out to be great.

  14. ‘We’re calling it the Cure… what? Oh, uh, for Alzheimer’s.’

    • Haha. How creative. 😛

  15. Wow. That’s going to be cool. Can’t believe I’m old enough to have gone through the last seven ape movies.

  16. In the original Planet of the apes, the story goes that three astronauts go through a worm hole or something and arrive back on earth in the year 3700ad, 2000 years later, so giving the idea that it was evolution that made the apes smarter. So to tie that in to this film it would have been a good in joke if there was a scene where NASA had launched a new spacecraft that would take astronauts to a planet far away so they had to be in deep hibernation for the trip. Then obviuosly they would be lost in space and crash land 2000 years from the timing of this movie to see the advacned apes. Just saying…

    • A couple points; there were 4 astronauts (1 died in hibernation) and it wasn’t evolution that made the apes smarter, it was some type of virus or nuclear fallout that also made humanity dumber.

  17. I think it’s a prequel to the original movie made in 1965. It’ll be interesting how they convince people that the apes could succeed when they’re outnumbered and outgunned but I’m guessing that the virus that altered the apes’ brains is fatal for humans? And that Caesar is unwittingly or otherwise the catalyst for some plague.

    The special effects aren’t perfect but are excellent My impression is that Caesar at least isn’t supposed to look like a normal chimpanzee.

  18. I didn’t know Draco Malfoy was in this! :-)