June 2, 2011


The theatrical trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (The EscapistRise of the Planet of the Apes is now available online. While I continue to be impressed with the digital effects work done by Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital, I’m unsure what to make of dialogue such as “That chimp’s company property!” Moreover, even though I’m a fan of Frank Schaffner’s 1968 original (co-written by Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling), I’m still not convinced that this is a property I need to learn more backstory about (which, I assume, is Rise‘s sole purpose in the franchise). Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Freida Pinto, Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on August 5th.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and click here to find all of our previous Apes coverage.

Here’s the theatrical trailer [from Yahoo!]:


Here’s the official synopsis for Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

Release Date: August 5, 2011

Genre: Science-Fiction / Action

Studio: 20th Century Fox


A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other — and to the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and Andy Serkis

Directed By: Rupert Wyatt

Written By: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver

Produced By: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver




  • totomesu

    wow. now those were some fake-looking cg-apes…

    • Come on Son!!!

      Actually they used one ape and duplicated it. You couldn’t tell that it was your mom??? Kill urself!!

      • simon

        the apes look fake. if you wanna rape your mom and you just proyect it in others is your problem, but the monkeys are really crappy…..

      • Conoro


    • wev

      LOL yeah, coz the apes in the original films looked real didn’t they, haters gotta love em…

  • Shorgin

    You know, theres always a hater to post first. To me it looks great, nothing will look perfect save for creating super inteligent chimps and apes. I think it looks like another good bit of summer fun, might be mindless, or realy fun, but looks to do what a summer flick should do. BRING ON OUR NEW APE LORDS!! LOL

  • Excpired

    I agree with totomesu the apes looks absolutely ridiculous. They looked better in the original 68 version! And in the Tim Burton one as well.

    These ones look like video-game apes at best. That is just going to make it hard to watch any scene when an ape is interacting with a human, the action scenes I can handle since stuff moves so fast you can hardly tell whats real and what isn’t its all blurry.

    68 version will always be the greatest.

    • Come on Son!!!

      Yeah the 68 version was the best. Just ask your mom cause it was a 68 and I owe you one on her…LOL

    • gimpsuit

      yeah right, the latex masks looked like apes the way I look like Bradley Cooper. They looked exactly like humans with shit stuck on their faces. Thats all.
      These look like actual apes.
      Put your nostalga in a time capsule and smoke it.

      • simon

        or you can put my dick in your mind and suck it

      • simon

        sorry…too drunk. it was mouth…mouth. now you can suck it..

  • Kenny B

    Too many movie scores are using Inception as inspiration

    • gimpsuit

      Yeah, cause Inception has a copyright on using a horn.
      People need to get over that overly convoluted bank-heist-rip-off movie

      • Mr. Me

        Uh…whether or not what you said is true, I think you missed Kenny’s point.

  • Cali Kid

    Why couldn’t they keep the title ‘Rise of the Apes’ that was so bad ass! Now it sounds really dumb ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Really?

  • gimpsuit

    Well those apes look amazing. Anyone whining about the CG here is jsut a tard plain and simple, that is top flight FX work.
    Some of those looks they give are just sinister.
    Bring it on.

  • Jeff

    I’m glad I’m not the first to post this, but the CGI looks absolutely awful. I feel like WETA is getting credit on reputation alone. Unless the movie is a dramatic improvement on the trailer’s effects.

    To me, this trailer epitomizes the problem with the current CGI era: If major characters central to the plot are not believably real, the film suffers, regardless of any other factors.

    That said, I’m especially disappointed with this project, because it was built up so much. The CGI in Peter Jackson’s King Kong was dodgy, and I still feel it was better than this.

  • Trent_N

    Can I play the piano anymore?

    • fixxxer3838

      “Why of course you can!”

      “Well I couldn’t before”

      • Jesus

        Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius! Doc-tor Zaius!

  • Vinyard

    All I feel like saying is simply, what a bunch of crude comments.
    I don’t know how many people read this site and choose not to comment, yet still read the comments section.
    I read this site and once in a while I will comment. However, I don’t feel the need to shit on everything.
    We’ll see how audiences react. You know, the silent majority. That is, unless only 20-odd people actually read these posts – based off the amount of commenters.
    Most people don’t need to walk into a film thinking, “oh, the CGI is shitty.” Why? Because most people don’t think that unless it’s absolutely true. So, if audiences see this and complain about the CGI, then fair enough – it truly is shitty. However, between audiences and the effects crew at WETA – who are trying to do the best work they can with budget, time and context (creating “humanoid” apes), I think they’re better experts at discerning what is truly poor CG and what is not. Plus, CGI has only really been around to this degree for a short period of time and a lot of films have looked crappy.
    The point is, as long as CGI progresses and budgets allow for better work, then that’s all that matters. I see “flaws” in the CGI, too; but I also see some good work. And I also can’t stop emphasizing how much time (pipeline) and budget allows for quality – or doesn’t.
    So, to all of you reading this – and I hope you outnumber the posters you see posting comments here exponentially – just go to the movie: don’t bitch to your pals about how bad the CGI is; you’ll just sound like a tool.
    To the rest of you CGI “experts” posting here, maybe you should do a little more thinking about what truly constitutes good or bad CGI and how many films have truly had this kind of CGI and executed it better with the effects budget (and pipeline – look I said that word again!) and perhaps you’ll be a bit more charitable.
    At least charitable enough not to post such crude comments.

  • Reggie

    Come on people I’m just as appreciative of old school make-up and effects as the next guy, and while I would have to admit the cgi is not convincing at least not on the level of PJ’s King Kong it’s still pretty good. I’m sure this trailer was cut together from unfinished film a couple of months ago. So I’m willing to take a wait and see stance. That being said enough with all the 68 version looks better crap. You could’nt tell the Chimps from the Orangatauns and the Apes all looked like James Brown right down to the shitty leisure suits. So please stop. I’ll take sub par cgi anyday over shitty make-up or dated uninspired costume design.

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  • nawtnt

    The trailer was awesome, this may be a great movie.

    The story seems to be explained well and the cast seems good.

  • stylus59

    At least there ain’t no ‘from the special effects company of Avatar’ that appears from the previous trailer.

  • D4rqKnite

    Looks entertaining to me, but I gotta ask, what urban American city has so many apes in captivity that they could over run that entire city? Where are there more apes than combined law enforcement? Lol, just saying.

  • Alex H

    If they hadn’t shown that 1-second shot, I would’ve forgotten Tom Felton was in this.

    But I have to agree… The apes look kinda cheesy. They still look good, but I expected much better from Weta. I mean Gollum looked better and they did that almost ten years ago.

  • SPS

    This looks much better than the first trailer. Admittly, it’s going to be a tough sell, but I’m definately interested.

  • jtijr

    It’s really hard making something real and with real life look real in cgi. Transformers great, buildings great, Avatar creatures great, Gollum great, Spider-man great, Tyranosaurus rex great etc etc. But something real life and alive is really tough! But when it comes to humans or animals or anything that we have actually seen either with our own eyes or captured on film via TV we KNOW what they really look like and how they move. I too agree that King Kong was better therefore these apes and chimps could have been designed much better. I don’t think it’s that they don’t look real as much as they weren’t cgi “drawn” properly – accurately. So, my point is, the cgi is great, it’s the actual art work that is poor. No amount of high tech tools can make up for a crappy artist.

  • Lekkiboy

    I heard the used a real chimp as a base for the CGI, but what most of u guys fail to understand is that though they started of with a real looking chimp, they had to infuse it with human intelligence in both mind and expression. So the Chimps are going to look different from real Chimps because theirs has to convey intelligence just from their faces alone.

  • Reggie

    I think what it really comes down to in the end is if you’re 40 or around that age you can remember a great deal of visual efx evolution and really respect how far we have come in that regard. I can remember seeing the Exorcist and really believing what I saw onthe screen was real. The first 3 Star Wars films, Alien, The Thing I could go on and on. Movie effects back then were the shit no video game could touch them no television show could come close. But something happened in the mid 90′s video game systems became much more sophisticated and powerful and we no longer had to go to arcades or movie theaters to see great visuals. It became the norm to see true spectacle at home and pretty soon without even knowing ot our minds started to compare and contrast movies with video games and movie efx were just kinda meh? We’ve been spoiled CGI artists are really doing some magnificent work for the most part but we as an audience don’t look at movies the way we used to. Hell every dvd release has in depth BTS docs to pour over we know exactly how things were made and it does’nt grab us the way it used to. A few years ago every Gamestop around the country would allow you to trade in movies to earn store credit for a purchase now none of them do you know why? Because kids nowadays get more enjoyment out of a video game then they do summer movies. I mean the best video games not only have great visuals but also have engrossing narrative and great direction they’re basically movies that allow you to interact. Take note Hollywood maybe it’s time to reinvent the wheel and make the movie-going experience more immersive.

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  • Nick

    “Rise of the Apes” was a much better title.
    But the apes look kinda meh, and did we really have to make another reboot/retcon of this franchise? Come on…

  • lee12871

    I know the CGI doesn’t make the apes look like real apes. Has anyone considered that they may have made them more humaniod looking to resemble the apes from the old movies. I just watched all 5 movies last week and I think they have some similar features espectialy in the eyes. Someone also commented that its hard to animate something that really exsists and we have actually seen. I don’t know about you but I have never seen a talking ape.

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  • Salma abubakar

    Wat a film its all wrong,hw can apes outstand the humans,common…