Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes new life into a molding franchise and gives us what is the most refreshing spin on the tale of a future where apes rule since the original Planet of the Apes from1968. Let’s pause, I can hear the cries of outrage already, “Blasphemy! Sacrilege! Roddy McDowell is rolling over in his grave and spitting at you, you stupid harpy!” But believe me, believe me as fan whose writing this review with her Cornelius in a space suit action figure watching over, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will have you yearning for it’s inevitable sequel as well as the classic, campier flicks.
The films’ biggest buzz comes from it’s inventive and truly revolutionary use of motion capture techonology and digital animation. And it does not disappoint; combining brilliant acting from all the “apes”, in particular Andy Serkis who turns in a stunning performance (and will totally be getting nominated this year, right, Academy?), with the incredible life-like animation from WETA.
Its awesome visual effects and a story that at times packs one hell of an emotional punch, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will thrill you with it’s action and have you questioning the meaning of ‘humanity.
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You’re a film nerd, you spend hours watching all the special features your DVDs and Blurays have to offer. I’m guessing you watched every featurette about the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, amirite? Well, duh, why else would you be here?
This featurette about the motion capture and WETA digitial effects work that went into making The Rise of the Planet of the Apes look so realistic, believable and just damn incredible is a must watch. Fascinating, even.
Andy Serkis is freakin’ fantastic. He’s a terribly under-appreciated actor, and his line of work even more so. All these new, fancy digital effects still require living, breathing actors and artists to make it look so jaw-droppingly incredible. And no one really does it better than Serkis, so yeah, rock on.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens this Friday, August 5th and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis.
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
On Mondays we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
This week’s edition: Meowtron, Defender of the Universe, Wall-E in real life, It’s A Potato!, This cake is not a lie, Forty Fords, The Apple Tree, Be an Optimist Prime, Dragonball Homer, Game of Thronies, The adorable secret inside R2-D2, Duct tape Princess Leia, Hand Bat-signal, Optimus Prime in watermelon, Death Star dress, Harry Potter is metal, Conan O’Brian shares slashy fanart with Tom Felton, Koopa Paratroopa in real life (kinda), Batman is the solution, Sexy Stormtrooper girl, Mario Warfare, Flaming LEGO dragon, Epic Jedi street gang fight, 8-bit Assassin’s Creed, Game of Thrones season two set photos, Chuck Norris riding an AT-AT, The best video resume…ever, Zachary Levi would choose Wonder Woman, Batman is metal, Cats discuss Doctor Who cosplay, Lightsaber Popsicle cozies, Alien motorbike, French Star Wars theme, Harry Potter as a teen comedy
Sometimes, you just have to say, “Thank you internets for your unhealthy obsession with cats.” (Neatorama)
The countdown begins for Harry Potter and, thanks to Collider ; we get 9 new (some we’ve featured already, but oh well twice is nice) clips of this year’s highly anticipated finale chapter to this expansive and jaw-dropping movie franchise. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Prt 2 is set to hit movie theaters in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D on July 15. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, this David Yates-directed film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Issacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, and Kelly Macdonald.
While many may be crying, I will surely be toasting to a great run at immersing us in such a vivid world that will be remembered by every age for years to come. Go down to the comment box below and tell us what you think about the final Harry Potter film, or tell us what your favorite film has been so far ‘cause if you don’t another point goes to the Slytherin house!
They’ll do it, they’ll blow it all up! 20th Century Fox has released a second trailer for their prequel/reboot to the Planet of The Apes franchise. After Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg shit all the the planet with the 2001 remake this is shaping up to be a proper take on the apes taking over. Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton this second trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes focuses more on the actual plot of the movie instead of being an effects driven make-up test.