Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.

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Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist in San Francisco, is experimenting with a drug that he hopes will cure his father's (John Lithgow) Alzheimer's disease. After his work is deemed a failure, Will becomes the guardian of Caesar, an infant chimp who was exposed in-utero to Will's drug. Caesar displays unusual intelligence, and Will decides to continue his experiments secretly. But as Caesar's intellect and abilities grow, he comes to represent a threat to man's dominion over Earth.

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  • Jun 12, 2014
    Terrible, terrible idea executed fantastically. Full review later.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    I didn't realize until I read other reviews that the apes were not real. The story is interesting, the special effects amazing.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2014
    <i>"Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!"</i> Few times I have rolled my eyes so hardly in a movie. That line was so forced... This so-called "thought-provoking" and "emotionally driven" ride has me in loss. The overabudant CGI was too tough for me to handle and to buy in the first place. It made me miss the old classic days of the 60s and 70s. Now that was a true revolution. Rupert Wyatt offers a potential prequel for the events that followed in the previous films; however, it is a bad sign to realize that the amount of entertainment this was providing me throughout was pretty much comparable to Michael Bay (actually, he has done better!) and to the bombs of the 90s by Roland Emmerich. With a sorry excuse to involve "human reflections" and characters we never care about (beginning with Caroline and Will's father), this unrequired delivery certainly makes up for the level of disappointment that Burton brought a long with a remake, but utilizes the safest Hollywood escape route for cashing easy money: i. Apply the CGI of the Avatar crew. ii. Put a famous name in the leading role. iii. Add family issues. iv. Make it PG-13. v. Add clichés. People sometimes miss them in action blockbusters. I facepalmed twice. Extra half-star for a monkey riding a horse, although that would have worked better in a movie produced by The Asylum. 56/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    From the get go I was pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Although the trailer did look pretty sweet, I must admit that when I first heard about them yet again delving into the Planet of the Apes franchise, I was incredibly bloody sceptical. I'm glad now though, as this was as worthy a reboot as you could ever hope for, which as far as I'm concerned trumped even the original, not to mention how much it absolutely fucking brutalised that crap Burton came up with in 2001. Andy Serkis (Burke and Hare, Lord of the Rings) returns to motion capture glory as Caesar, super-intelligent chimp-lord, who, to be perfectly honest, was written infinitely better than any of the human characters. Still, on humans, it was cool to see Tom Felton (Harry Potter, The Apparition) and Brian Cox (X2, Super Troopers) getting into anything has always got to be a good thing. When I first left the cinema my first thought was "Hm, that really didn't need to be a prequel to Planet of the Apes" which upon further thought, was actually a good thing! It had the strength to stand out completely from its own laurels, not just those of the original, so not only was it a great movie, it was a great stand-alone film, completely separate to its predecessor. It's far from perfect, and not exactly aimed at my interests, but I can say this for it. I wish more films these days would be like Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Using modern technology's brilliant effects to tell a story, rather than instead of a story. 75% -Gimly
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