The Gambler is a remake of the 1974 classic about a man with an addiction to gambling – to the point of endangering his life. In this version, a university professor gets in deep with three very deadly members of the gambling underworld. This version has a unique take on character that, just barely, allows for the possibility of a hopeful (if not necessarily happy) finale.
The trailers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes haven’t exactly been riveting, so I was lukewarm on checking it out. On the other hand, seeing a would-be blockbuster that wasn’t trying to artificially its box office with 3D levies was appealing.
In a plain, old-fashioned theater – no 3D, no special big screen or umpty-ump speakers pumping up the volume – Rise of the Planet of the Apes won me over by just being a decent movie.
Pierre Boulle’s famous novel, Monkey Planet, gave rise to a franchise that just would not go away – spawning Planet of the Apes, its theatrical sequels and the Tim Burton remake [and a related videogame]; a live-action, primetime TV series and an animated Saturday morning series. So, why on earth would anyone think yet another attempt to make something out of the concept would be a good idea?
Unlikely as it seems, the trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually looks pretty good – intriguing, even – and sufficiently different to be worth a look.