Posted on 8/10/11 05:01 PM
I had high hopes going into this film, and they were quickly dashed. This isn't an attempt to remake an epic film, it's a homage to the ADD MTV generation, borrowing from a classic film. Where do I start?
Spoilers ahead (although the big spoiler is that this film sucks).
James Franco was completely unbelievable as this researcher. His delivery was flat and boring. Terrible acting
The script is like it's been written by 12 year olds. There's nothing smart about this film, and these writers make George Lucas' dialogue in Star Wars Ep 1 look like Shakespeare in comparison. Boring dialogue, and nothing very smart about it at all.
Even John Lithgow looked like a terrible actor with this script.
Early in the film, the quick cut editing and torrid pace of the film made me feel like they were just running through the story to get to "the cool parts".
The character of Jacobs was completely unrealistic. A hot headed executive who throws years of research away because a monkey gets out of a cage, then suddenly "gets it" later when he sees their advanced behavior? Where was he earlier in the film where the apes were doing amazing things and why didn't he save the program then? Were they hiding their progress from him from the beginning? Completely unrealistic behavior.
The CG was impressive at times, at other times very cartoonish and visually cluttered. I felt like the entire premise of this film was to set up the apes for these visually dramatic scenes regardless of whether it fit any plot.
Near the end I t was so predictable when they run the apes to the Golden Gate bridge, for whatever reason. It was an obvious ploy to create some scene where they would do this dramatic climb to the top of the bridge. Ultimately very predictable and boring.
I don't really know what the plot to this film was other than to make apes run around and look cool.
I don't plan on seeing a sequel, and I'm already waiting for a reboot of this franchise.