Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews
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.
The use of contemporary CGI technology to make the apes truly come alive was astounding. We're not quite at a point where CGI is undetectable, but man, it's getting close.