Friday, August 12, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

An Instant Sci-Fi Classic that Re-Awakens a Phenomenon
By Reymundo Salao

In 1968, THE PLANET OF THE APES was one sci-fi movie that had revolutionized science fiction cinema and created a pop culture phenomenon. It was from this moment that cinema in general took sci-fi seriously. Based on a book by Pierre Boulle, the movie became an instant classic and spawned several sequels, including a TV series and an animated series. In 2001 was remade by Tim Burton and starred Mark Wahlberg, but it was an awful remake and the intended revival of the Apes Phenomenon went nowhere. Now, it seems that the Apes are properly being reintroduced, with a seriously good storyline, and a seriously impressive directorial treatment. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a movie that re-awakens a phenomenon, and re-establishes the reputation of the Planet of the Apes as a sci-fi franchise that is not just amazing, but intelligently and subconsciously deep.


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