Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Final Trailer
I am just not buying it. Sure, there was that genetically-engineered virus in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes which reduced the human population significantly enough that the apes could gain a foothold, as well as increasing their intelligence to such a degree that it rivaled ours.
I get it, I just don’t buy it.
“Intelligence,” or as we tend to view such things, is relative. I mean in the sense that the knowledge that one possesses should enable them to accomplish what it is that they need to survive. So, while a person may be capable of all sorts of advanced science or mathematics, if those skills don’t help to prolong your life, then how smart are you really?
These movies exist in a world where man has been reduced from the position he has typically occupied at the top of the food chain, which sounds to me like the that apes may potentially be opening a can of whoop-ass that they might have wished they had kept shut.
Because if there’s anything to be learned from the–relatively speaking–meagre time that we have been dominant upon this planet, it’s that when we’re good, we’re really good.
But when we’re bad, we’re horrific.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Official Trailer 3
Which isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy movies that have a nemesis able to give us a good run for our money. Lately that’s been the job of the zombie movie, though to honest when you’re fighting a zombie you’re essentially fighting yourself (in that the zombie is that ultimate manifestation of the other).
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Official Trailer 2
And that’s nothing more than an expression of our own egos, when you think about it. As humans we’re so bad-ass that the only thing that can stop us is essentially us, which has always been the case.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Official Trailer 1
Though what I want to see in an Apes movie is when we’re taken down on our prime.
None of that being virtually reverted to throwing stones stuff. That’s why for my money the remakes don’t hold a candle to the original movies, beginning with the 1968 movie (screenplay by Rod Serling and Michael Wilson, from a novel from Pierre Boulle), its sequel, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (how this could be rated ‘G’ is beyond my comprehension. It’s pretty creepy, as well as intense) and the third film, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)
Conquest (directed by J. Lee Thompson, of Deathwish 4: The Crackdown fame!) has always heal a special place in my heart because in this movie you see the hubris of Man, living amongst our great cities of glass and steel, before the fall.
Though it should go without saying that we put up a pretty good fight before the end of human domination of the Earth, though things end with fire. It’s a fitting end, and one I hope the new crop of films can live up to.
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)