Trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Ridiculous or Intriguing?
So I saw this trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes the other night during the NBA Finals:
The two people I was watching the game with thought it was absurd. “There’s no way that would happen” they said, “Monkeys taking over the planet? It’s absurd; the army would just shoot them.” I think that’s probably a valid point, and there’s a good chance that the film will be ridicolous. At the same time though, is it really that crazy of an idea? Sure, monkeys taking over the entire planet is unlikely to occur, but there have been plenty of other well-received science-fiction/horror films with fairly ridicolous premises. For instance:
Jaws: A great white shark terrorizes an entire town, kills multiple people, and generally wreaks havoc on an entire community. All this despite not being completely confined to the ocean.
Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs are recreated from the blood of mosquitoes and placed in a giant amusement park. The owner of the park decides to invite his two small children to an island filled with murderous reptiles. The whole thing goes haywire thanks to Newman from Seinfeld and the dinosaurs break out, killing numerous people. Everyone is saved by a little girl who can somehow figure out the park’s complex computer system.
Independence Day: Aliens attack earth, obliterate pretty much everything in sight, and then are stopped by Jeff Goldblum uploading a virus from his mid-90’s laptop that is somehow compatible with highly advanced alien technology. Also, Area 51 is real and no one bothers to tell the president of the United States. Also, the President and the leader of the free world elects to get into an jet and fight the aliens. Man, this should really be it’s own blog post.
I think you get the point; a goofy premise does not neccessarily ruin a film*. Creepy, cognizant apes that attempt to start a revolution? I’ve heard far worse concepts. I’m not expecting this to be Blade Runner, but it’s got some potential to a decent summer movie.
*I just want to note that I think Independence Day is an awful movie, but some people seem to like it.