Maybe humanity won’t be #1 on Earth forever…
We’ve been used to being at the top of the heap pretty much since we picked up some stones and started making tools. But what’s going to happen if another species — real (like apes) or artificial (like robots) — gets the same idea? Fortunately, we have a couple of cautionary tales to consider that should give us pause before we get too cavalier.
[singlepic id=1090 w=320 h=240 float=right]Our Smackdown Challenger Rise of the Planet of the Apes promises to be a straight-ahead origin story that fully sets out how the apes supplant humanity in the future. Set in present day San Francisco, the film blends science fiction with science fact, giving us James Franco in the lead as a genius whose experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. For anyone who has seen the CG image of the ape in those posters (see above), it does a truly amazing job of suggesting a very creepy beginning of intelligence.
[singlepic id=1093 w=320 h=240 float=right]Then in the ’00s there was I, Robot, our Defending Champion in this Smackdown. Semi-based on Isaac Asimov’s short-story collection of the same name, it starred Will Smith as a detective living in Chicago in the year 2035 where robots are ubiquitous, used primarily as servants and in public service capacities. They’re supposed to be safe, being designed in accordance with the Three Laws of Robotics but, of course, they get other ideas. It made $347 million worldwide, so you could say it was popular.
Apes! Robots! The rise of our creations against us! Will this be the end of humanity? See the video that brings our Smackdown to life. Our video SmashUp has been edited by Rodney Twelftree and voiced by Edd Hall. The actual Smackdown is coming up faster than you can say chimpanzee.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes -vs- I, Robot
Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be released on August 5.