Hot take: The Planet of the Apes has always been one of the very best franchises ever. Even back in the ’70s, even when some of the ape masks looked a little hokey, the Apes series consistently delivered some of the most thoughtful, prescient, spooky, and unrelentingly bleak sci-fi films Hollywood has ever produced. Nearly every single one ends on a mega-bummer; beloved characters dying, entire races getting wiped out, or, in one awesomely disturbing example, the entire freaking planet getting blown to smithereens.
The new 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer has dropped in to preview the upcoming war between the highly evolved apes dominating Earth and the remaining shreds of mankind. Who will win out? Well, this is part of the prequel stories leading up to the original 'Planet of the Apes' movies, so ... you should already know the answer.
While Universal has yet to make an official decision on the fate of 'Fast and Furious 7' in the wake of actor Paul Walker's tragic passing, 20th Century Fox has decided to move up its 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' into the same slot.
I'm a movie geek. I know more about Star Wars than any one human should. I have seen the Matrix trilogy more times than I would like to count. So you could say I was a little excited to see a reboot of the 'Planet of the Apes' franchise.