Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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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A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

James Franco
as Will Rodman
Freida Pinto
as Caroline Aranha
Andy Serkis
as Caesar
John Lithgow
as Charles Rodman
Brian Cox
as John Landon
Tom Felton
as Dodge Landon
David Oyelowo
as Steven Jacobs
Karin Konoval
as Maurice
Terry Notary
as Rocket/Bright Eyes
Devyn Dalton
as Cornelia
Jay Caputo
as Alpha
Tyler Labine
as Robert Franklin
Jamie Harris
as Rodney
David Hewlett
as Hunsiker
Ty Olsson
as Chief John Hamil
Madison Bell
as Alice Hunsiker
Makena Joy
as Alice Hunsiker (Teen)
Kevin O'Grady
as Animal Control Officer #1
Sean Tyson
as Animal Control Officer #2
Jack Kuris
as Boy in Muir Woods
Tammy Hui
as Bridge Driver
Anthony McRae
as CHP #3
Rufus Dorsey
as CHP #2
Jeb Beach
as Dad in Muir Woods
Jesse Reid
as Donnie Thompson
B.J. Harrison
as Dottie
Leah Gibson
as Party Girl #1
Tracy Spiridakos
as Party Girl #2
Ivan Wanis Ruiz
as Handler at Lab #1
Trevor Carroll
as Handler at Lab #2
Timothy Webber
as Janitor - Stan Timko
James Pizzinato
as Lab Tech No. 1
Robin Nielsen
as Lab Tech No. 2
Monica Mustelier
as Lab Tech No. 3
Syn Narula
as Lab Tech No. 4
Mattie Hawkinson
as Lab Tech No. 5
Ryan Booth
as South Side Commander
Elizabeth Weinstein
as Mom in Muir Woods
Meredith Canby
as New Aide
Javier Caballero Cano
as Newspaper Dad
Peter Bundic
as Newspaper Boy #1
Dylan Nouri
as Newspaper Boy #2
Oona Service
as Playground Girl
Camille Atebe
as Playground Mom
Temura Derek Morrison
as Security Guard #1
Dean Redman
as Security Guard #2
Hector Johnson
as Security Guard #3
David Richmond-Peck
as Board Member #1
Adrian Hough
as Board Member #2
Natalie Johnson
as Board Member #3
Joey Roche
as Todd Hunsiker
Sean Roche
as Todd Hunsiker (Teen)
Qayam Devji
as Todd's Buddy
Yurij Kis
as Worker
Riel Hahn
as Zoo Guide
Sonja Bennett
as Mother on Sidewalk
Michael Kopsa
as Jerk Driver
Steve Lawlor
as SFPD #1
Chris Shields
as SFPD #2
Sandy Robson
as SFPD #4
Panou
as SFPD #3
Mike Dopud
as Northside Officer
Matteo Mazziotti
as Child in Car
Willy Miles
as Guy with Newspaper
Fred North
as Camera Ship Pilot
Juliette Goodrich
as KPIX News Anchor
Allen Martin Jr.
as KPIX News Anchor
Evans Johnson
as Board Member #3
Richard Darwin
as Baby Caesar (Puppeteer)
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

All Critics (250) | Top Critics (47)

Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.

Full Review… | June 24, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity.

Full Review… | August 29, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging.

Full Review… | August 21, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and primates.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

If this film is remembered, it won't be for its storyline, which reverts to cliché a bit too often as it approaches its climax, but for its eye-popping integration of live-action and movie magic. Just as the geniuses...

August 9, 2011
indieWIRE
Top Critic

A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology.

August 6, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

½

The digital effects may have been stunning a few years ago but now look dated and artificial, which is at least compensated by Andy Serkis' impressive performance as the ape Caesar, who turns out to be more well developed as a character than the one-dimensional humans.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Being absent for over a decade, the Apes return to the big screen, creating a film that is unbelievably impressive, both on a technical scale and how they were able to adapt this material for the modern age. This is exactly what the franchise needed to give filmgoers a modern feel to the Planet of the Apes saga. This time, it is the events leading up to the 1968 original film and having the events reversed, the humans are trapping apes and testing them, however, it has always been destined to not work that way. This film shows true emotion knows exactly how to create truly gripping scenes between the humans and the apes. This is modern day hollywood at it's finest and I will definitely be referring to this film in years to come. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" may not be the most original film of all time, but it is definitely one of the best prequels I have ever seen. This is a gripping film with great direction and fantastic visual effects. I can't wait for the sequel!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

VERDICT: TOTALLY WATCHABLE - Where did this come from? Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest surprise of 2011. The effects are great, but what really connects with you is Andy Serkis' performance as the ape Caesar. You feel as emotionally attached to Caesar as any of the human characters, and I believe that's exactly how the filmmakers wanted you to feel. This is a film that concentrates heavily on its story. Boasting remarkable acting, and truly mesmerizing moments (some only involving CGI apes communicating in sign language), make sure you seek this film out by any means necessary!

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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