Movie of the year!
I remember watching planet of the apes when I was a kid, but I never became a big fan of it at anytime of my life. Looking it at it now I'm amazed how much material it came to accomplish. Much like Star Trek, it is one of those films that a director comes to make and make it more than what it's worth, but Rise of the planet of the apes far exceeds any anticipation of it turning out to become a memorable watch.
Director Rupert Wyatt gives us a planet of the apes to make us start renting and/or streaming that has anything to do with chimpanzee's starring James Franco (Oz: the great and powerful, Lovelace) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog millionaire) in an all out attack of the apes that'll have you going apeshit.
Synopsis: Ceaser is an intelligent primate that grows up to be more than just smart enough to infiltrate the lab where he was born. He attempts to wake up his own kind using a form of genetic engineering that sets them towards a path of war for supremacy.
From beginning to end, this movie delivers like no other in a new decade for CGI at its best with some wonderful movie moments, great action, comedy for the masses to enjoy and a story you'll grow to love.
There aren't many directors that can capture a movie moment these days where to get a powerful reaction from the audience seems hard to do, but Wyatt pulls it off adequately where not many can do in all movies. If I can recall another director to do it, I'd say it was Bryan Singer's X-men United where Rogue is saved by Knightcrawler in a daring teleportation rescue attempt to get her from the sky back into the ship.
I get so tired of saying it, you're always going to have plot holes in a movie, but people always complain about it - yes the movie has plot holes, but it shouldn't detract you from enjoying this movie filled with moving magic.
The acting from James Franco and Freida Pinto are as tedious as Leonardo DiCaprio's professional work. Perhaps if they'd look alive in the film, it would have supported the apes motion into a better perception of the situation, but it doesn't hurt the movie much, the orangutan more than covers for their dry performance.