15. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, Brain Cox, John Lithgow
Release Date: August 5
Why we’re excited: Let’s be honest here: Was anyone actually waiting on a new Planet Of The Apes movie? Especially after Tim Burton’s all-around wack 2001 remake? We’re pretty sure the answer is “No,” yet we can’t help but feel a wee bit excited about the unnecessary but pretty neat-looking Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
To continue the honesty, James Franco looks about as much like a scientist as Channing Tatum looked like a Roman warrior in The Eagle, but we like Sir Franco enough to bypass such a qualm. Besides, he’s obviously not the most appealing thing about this franchise reboot; that honor belongs to the WETA-created apes themselves, simians with human characteristics brought about by scientific mutations.
Fortunately, director Rupert Wyatt and company avoided the silly human-in-furry-makeup exterior that all of the previous Apes entries have featured; instead, the beasts in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes actually resemble, you know, apes. And, by the looks of the trailer, they’re about to tear shit up. Now, we’re very intrigued.