What would you do if monkeys ruled the world? Of course, there are some who would say that they already do. Of course, in the new film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” there’s an obvious difference between fact and fiction: these apes are smart!
Just think of a world filled with furry bipeds who are smarter than you, almost as good looking as you, and who hang from trees by their opposable thumbs, and you might be conjuring up a nightmare. Or, at the very least, the latest installment in a franchise that you thought had safely expired.
The tagline of the film is apt to be the rueful admonition, “They’re not people you know.” Of course, this is a line that pops into my head whenever I see news coverage of the Tea Party, but that’s another story.
GCI is the product of the same outfit responsible for the effect in “Avatar,” but, thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be in 3D. Much as I hate to admit in having an interest in cheesy sci-fi franchises, this one, in its latest incarnation, seems to have a certain appeal. Perhaps its because it seems as though there might be a perverse joy to be had in watching a bunch of angry apes get their own back after all those years of being subjected to lab experiments in the effort to find a better cold cream.