Watching for signs | Pasadena Weekly

By: Jana J. Monji
Posted: July 14, 2011

If animals could talk, would we listen?

This summer, two movies — one based on history, the other science fiction inspired by research — urge us to pay more attention to one of our closest relatives, the chimpanzee.

In the first film, “Project Nim,” director James Marsh bases his story on Elizabeth Hess’ 2008 book “Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human.”

The second film, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which opens Aug. 5 nationwide, is a reboot of the 1970s films and TV series. In the “Planet of the Apes” series (five movies, a half-season TV series), a handful of chimps believe humans are intelligent. Before that reversal occurs, though, primates must revolt and take over society, which is what happens in “Rise.” (READ MORE…)


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