With six films and a television series already made in the Planet of the Apes franchise, the question is do we need another one?
After Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of The Planet of the Apes, starring Mark Wahlberg (which was a hit but ultimately forgettable), 20th Century Fox has decided to reboot the series with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Although the story is close to the fourth movie, 1974’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the movie company hopes to start a new franchise with a new origin story on how the apes took over the world.
James Franco stars as a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s by performing tests on apes. The first test subject is a chimpanzee named Caesar but the cure actually genetically modifies Caesar’s way of thinking to create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. He eventually proves smart enough to break free from his cage and release the cure among other apes. Soon, millions of apes begin to organize and war breaks out with humans.
Unlike the previous Planet of the Apes movies, all of the primates are computer generated, with Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings) doing the special effects. Even Andy Serkis, who did the motion capture for Gollum and King Kong, has been recruited for the part of Caesar.
A quick Google search of body switching movies returns a huge list, the most famous of which include three versions of Freaky Friday, 18 Again, All of Me, Like Father Like Son and many more.
The latest take on this genre is The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
Respectively, they play Mitch and Dave, two friends who have drifted apart because they lead different lives. Dave is an overworked lawyer and a married father of three. Mitch is a single, semi-employed man-child and womanizer. Both believe the other has a better life and wish they could switch while peeing into a fountain.
The next morning, they wake up to find themselves in each other’s bodies.
It’s predictable, but with talents like Reynolds and Bateman, combined with the writers of The Hangover and the director of The Wedding Crashers, there is a good chance of laughter.
It also stars Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.