Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 Total Depravity

I'm interested in seeing this next installment of the rebooted franchise. I like the examination of our natures using apes as foils.

The far more interesting thing to me is what it says about evolution and human nature.

It seems that the story depicts the gravitational pull toward distrust, dominance and conflict. It also suggests that there are higher virtues that, while ideals to strive for, are universal and true, yet never really attained. Sounds like something might have been written on the hearts of mankind (and, apparently sentient apes) despite their tendency toward evil and bloodshed.

Endowed by a Creator

I am also interested in the fact that the film makers could not believably show how apes go from unintelligent creatures to reasoning, complex and intelligent beings without being endowed with those traits through the brilliance of a human scientist (in Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

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