This Rotten Week: Predicting Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-07-06 14:17:29discussion comments
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After a one-week long, unexpected hiatus from This Rotten Week, I am back and better than ever. Did my reader(s) miss me? I promise I wonít do it again. There is only one movie on the docket this time around, and it's a sequel about the inevitable ape takeover of Earth. It should start any day now.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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When apes do end up taking over our planet because of a super virus that makes them crazy smart and also happens to be a death knell for the human race, let me be the first to say that Iíd welcome the change. I can't imagine it would be that bad getting a fresh take on some things. I have a feeling our world would become a little less righty-dominant. We'd get more bananas in our diet (if Iíve learned anything from television, itís that apes love bananas). And honestly, this whole "wear clothes all of the time" thing wouldnít be bad to do away with. So yes, I welcome our ape overlords. Iím ready for the change.

Take a look at this new world in the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:



This could be a chicken or an egg kind of thing, but this morning I woke up singing Dr. Zaius from The Simpsons, and just had to watch what is possibly the greatest song to ever come from any television show. (I kid, but man is it catchy). So I had apes on the brain for sure. Wouldnít you? After all weíve got a sequel coming around worth getting excited for - a rather rare feat. And for what itís worth, I expect much of the ape takeover to resemble this Simpsons musical.

The expectations for this franchise reboot were moderate a few years ago in the James Franco vehicle Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (82%). After the Marky Mark version turned out to be a dud, Iím not sure anyone thought getting this story off the ground would be easy at all. But they pulled it off, telling the backstory of how Caesar and his band of merry primates began their takeover of Earth. It looks like the sequel has set the bar even higher. Early reviews for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are awesome, with the score currently sitting at 94% right now. Cinema Blendís own Sean OíConnell gave it four stars calling it, among other things, "groundbreaking, challenging and immensely rewardingÖ" Thatís high praise for Matt Reevesí (Let Me In-88%, Cloverfield-77%) first big budget summer blockbuster. Other reviews are right in line with Seanís and this thing could blow it out of the box.

Now bring on the apes, Iím looking forward to some sweet treehouses and picking bugs off of our loved ones. Should be great.
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