Did you see 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes? I remember being apprehensive about the decision to reboot the campy '70s classic yet again (remember Tim Burton's poorly-received 2001 version?), but Rise was actually a really decent movie, despite the suspension of disbelief necessary to accept James Franco as a brainy scientist. If you saw the movie and you remember Caesar, the genetically altered hyper-intelligent chimpanzee who was Franco's BFF, he's back in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But this time he's ... not quite so friendly.
The first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has hit the web, and it's extremely awesome. Dark, intense, and the chilling scene of a war-painted Caesar calling his ape cohorts to battle may very well keep you up at night.
Here's the official synopsis:
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
And now for the trailer:
There's lots to look forward to with this film. For one thing, it's directed by Cloverfield and Let Me In filmmaker Matt Reeves, and Gary Oldman is almost always a welcome presence. But it's Caesar I'm really excited to see, thanks to Andy Serkis's astounding motion-capture abilities. Serkis has a truly uncanny knack for bringing CGI creatures to life on the big screen, as shown in this split screen video of his performance as Gollum:
He was so good as Caesar in Rise, there were plenty who thought he was snubbed for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The good news is he's back in the sequel, and based on the brief scene we get of him rallying his simian troops, he's going to be scary as hell this time around.
In conclusion, I can't wait to see this. Of course, I'll HAVE to wait: sadly, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn't hit theaters until next July.
What do you think of this trailer? Did you like the 2011 version?
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