SmackSneak: Damn Dirty Humans

Apes -vs- Robots: Damn, Dirty Humans

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.

Our Smashup!

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

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Trailers

Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be released on August 5.

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About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles

Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of “Movie Smackdown.” While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,” he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He’s also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.

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