Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tractor Tire Award of the Week - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Have you ever watched a trailer and had that one scene, that one shot that made you go "Wow, that was cool!"? Or maybe there was something you saw that stuck with you, something that for some reason was in the back of your head and despite how insignificant it was you were waiting for it to show up in the final cut of the film. But when you watched the movie that scene was nowhere to be found or has been altered in a significant way. Well, that is what the Tractor Tire Award of the Week is all about. We try to track down those scenes that didn't make it into the final version of the film and make sense of them. Where in the film was it supposed to be? Why might it have been cut? Why has it been changed? We may not always have the answers for you but at least you will have your piece of mind and know that you aren't crazy. So, this weeks award goes to Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

Cut Scene #1-A
Apparently the science center went boom.

Cut Scene #1-B
I wonder why this wasn't left in?
This one is kind of strange because usually it is the smaller scale scenes that get cut from giant summer movie blockbusters but here is proof positive that even when scenes go bomb they don't always make it. This scene clearly is the resulting aftermath of Caesar and his army of apes raiding the building that James Franco works at. When the apes leave the center and the humans chase after them there is no explosion that occurs. We simply see Jacobs get into the police helicopter and tell them that they must shoot to kill in order to stop them. In this scene we see the entire science center explode in a ball of flames with James Franco fleeing the scene to go after Caesar. In the finished cut of the film this explosion never happens and it is kind of perplexing as to why not. Maybe there was no need for it, or maybe...I don't know. People being tricked into going to see the movie because of how the studio is marketing it as an action movie might have liked a few extra explosions but for everyone else though it's no big loss.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer:
Cut Scene #1 2:15


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