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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Oh, Hollywood... Your inability to see how stupid it is to take a precious piece of work and give it a completely unnecessary prequel or sequel never ceases to amaze. You've spent so much time and so many billions of dollars making mediocre or horrible additions to legacies, and generally tainting the legacies of what better people have created.

Until now.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel to the classic 60's series, and charts the very beginning of the evolution of the apes into what they would become in the other films. I expected EXTREMELY little from this, assuming it was probably a pay check movie for everyone involved, but it's actually a pretty well written story about good intentions and medical science evolving into something deadly. The effects, I suppose, are the stand out here, as everything else (acting, cinematography, etc) seems pretty standard Hollywood fair. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is definitely worth the time and is one of the RARE instances in which Hollywood actually came out with a worthwhile product meant to be an addition to something classic.

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