Thursday, July 12, 2012

Apes "Rise" in Vegas

Most of us have at least heard of the titular 1968 sci-fi classic, Planet of the Apes. And for those of you who haven’t you’re probably at least conscious of the more recent Hollywood reboots, specifically last year’s visual wonder, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Rise, starring James Franco is a bit different than its predecessors. The story follows scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) as he vehemently tries to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But like all modern scientists, he is forced to produce positive results before any of his potential cures can be FDA approved. So, Will tests his most recently developed drug on our distant ancestor, a chimpanzee named “Bright Eyes”. Initially, the drug called ALZ 112 appears successful. Bright Eyes becomes more sociable and she appears to be calmer than the other apes. But the next day, a series of unfortunate events ensue. When the caretakers at the lab try to get Bright Eyes out her cage she exhibits aggression and ultimately runs rampant through the building. The incident results in catastrophe as Bright Eyes is killed by the building’s security guards. Bright Eyes' death does not bode well for Rodman’s allegedly successful experiment. His boss, Steve Jacobs declares the drug project “dead,” fearing the drug has a violent side effect. However, we later learn that the real reason for Bright Eyes’ aggressive behavior was because she had given birth to a newborn. She felt threatened by the caretakers and her actions were that of her protecting her baby. Will, feeling responsible for the ill-fated disaster finds the baby ape hidden in the cell and ultimately brings it home with him to care for it himself.

Through the years, “Caesar” named by Will’s father, shows unusual mental growth, which is undoubtedly a result of Will’s drug during Caesar’s conception. Later, Will explains to Caesar about the drug that made him more intelligent and how his mother was accidentally killed. Enraged and betrayed, Caesar attacks one of his ape neighbors, but that is just the beginning of his new found anger. Caesar becomes so disgusted with his human captors he ultimately stages a revolt against the entire human race.

Well, a few chimpanzees in Vegas might be following a similar strategy. Earlier today July 12, 2012, Las Vegas Metro police shot and killed one chimpanzee and another was tranquilized and captured after the animals ran amok inside of a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood.  One woman who saw the wild chimpanzees told FOX5 that one of the chimps was acting “aggressive” and further explained how it began banging on the roof of her car. Now that's something you don't see every day. Police are currently unaware of where the chimps came from or how they got loose. Officer, Laura Meltzer said, “It is not immediately known where the chimps came from or to whom they belong.” 

They didn't see the movie...did they?

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