Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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½ July 30, 2016
Great film loved the plot and the special effects were amazing, The ending was not what I expected, Overall way better than I first thought it would be, A thrill ride from start to finish and must not be missed.
July 29, 2016
One of the great action hits of our time with an impressive performance from Andy Serkis!
July 28, 2016
****
It's not quite as good as its sequel, but this reboot/prequel to Planet of the Apes boasts just as good CGI, and better human characters.
½ July 25, 2016
I expected to see plenty of action scenes of apes wreaking havoc and I certainly got to see that. What I didn't expect was the emotion behind the plot. There were many scenes that made you feel for Will (James Franco) and the ape Cesar. The story was good and flowed very nicely. I hope it will be followed with a sequel.
July 21, 2016
Angry talking monkeys...you can't lose!
July 20, 2016
A strong opener to a hopefully big franchise, the most impressive feat is its ability to fit so much story into an hour and 40 mins. What makes this really special however is its dedication to the character of Caesar, becoming an origin and rise of his character with other characters such as James Franco's missing out and playing little part towards the movement of the plot in the third act.
July 12, 2016
Apes doing cool shit for 2 hours, and developing to the point that they seem very human, both in action and sentiment. And there aren't enough dumb Hollywood movie cliches to detract from it.
June 29, 2016
good but plot a little dry
½ June 19, 2016
Jaw-dropping visual effects with good performances and engaging action.
June 13, 2016
Doubt anyone saw this coming. One of the best reboots ever and easily one of the best films of 2011. Unlike 'Transformers' or some generic superhero movie this not only is filled with action & entertainment, but the acting, writing and heart are equally impressive. James Franco & John Lithgow are both superb in their performances, but the real star of this is Andy Serkis who really brought Caesar to life. The film doesn't have a dull moment and I wouldn't have changed a thing about it. Spectacular.
½ June 5, 2016
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" offers high concept sci-fi ideas, one of James Franco's best performances, and great special effects and a great motion capture performance from the likes of Andy Serkis. It's a must-see for fans of thought provoking sci-fi and exciting, visually thrilling action films.
½ May 28, 2016
fantastic movie not miss
May 23, 2016
Awesome in every way!!!
½ May 22, 2016
Visually stunning; the Golden Gate sequence rocks.
½ May 21, 2016
The Planet of the Apes series is one of the longest running series in film history; beginning in 1968, the series has had its ups and downs over the years. Ten years on from Tim Burton's mostly average remake in 2001, the series has been rebooted with a much improved refinement on the long running series.

Stripping away the space travel aspects from previous films, ROTPOTA takes place entirely on Earth and is immediately grounded in reality. With this springboard in mind, the film serves as an origins story chronicling the origins of the titular apes; James Franco plays Dr William Rodman, a scientist who is working on a potential cure for numerous mental health problems dubbed ALZ-112, the process of which involves experimenting on several live apes. Rodman takes in one particular ape named Caesar after his mother is killed in an escape attempt and raises him. But as Caesar begins to exhibit more intelligent and human-like behaviour, Rodman and his colleagues face increasingly difficult problems as they try to keep the situation under control. Throughout its hour and forty five minute run time, ROTPOTA puts across numerous themes that resonate in both its setting and our own reality; human nature and our lack of understanding, treatment of animals, the ethics of science and more which all coalesce to make a very thoughtful story. This combined with a potent mix of heartfelt moments and well filmed action makes the plot very engaging all the way through. But the greatest aspect of the film's plot is its build-up; pressure gradually increases on Rodman to deliver to his superiors, save his father (played by John Lithgow) and keep Caesar safe from harm and as he pushes harder with his resources to make those results happen, it becomes clear that an inevitable catastrophe is closing fast. Audiences are sure to be fully hooked on the plot, but the film's successes don't stop there.

With the many emotional scenes layered across the plot, the characterisation always works to compliment these moments; at the heart of the film is the bond between William and Caesar, which goes through a great deal of development as William raises the clever chimp to adulthood and Caesar eventually begins to question whether he belongs with humans to with his own kind. William's relationship with his father is also very emotional and plays into the plot very well. The character of Caesar portrayed by Andy Serkis is incredibly fascinating; he's a deeply misunderstood member of society who only lets loose with violence in self-defence and yet he's forced to endure so much over the course of the film; by the time ROTPOTA reaches its end, Caesar has grown into much more than an ape trying to fit in which contributes even more to an already solid plot. The only real issue with the cast is that some of the human characters could have had more development to make them feel more important to the overall narrative, particularly Rodman's boss Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) who could have had more deliberation on the science tests before the climax but otherwise everyone does a fine job selling the characters.

It's hard to believe just from reading this review, but the motion capture technology used in ROTPOTA could be the finest use of the technology ever seen in a live action film. From beginning to end, the apes really do look shockingly life-like from the movements to the facial expressions thanks to the efforts of Andy Serkis and the visual effects team. But the brilliant work doesn't stop there; the action is always well framed which really makes an impact with the more extravagant scenes such as when Caesar climbs the redwood trees and observes San Francisco in the distance as well as many other wide shots which put across the scale of the more action packed moments. The music is both heartfelt and tense, perfectly matching the mix of emotion and action the film gives to us. What it comes down to is that ROTPOTA ultimately does just as good a job on the technical as it does plot and characterisation.

ROTPOTA is an incredibly thoughtful and satisfying reboot that could well end up standing on the same level as the original 1968 classic. It's a brilliant new beginning for the series and it's a summer blockbuster well worth watching.
May 1, 2016
With an update in visual effects and a groundbreaking performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboots the franchise with care and style.
½ April 10, 2016
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is shockingly good. The jump in quality from the last entry in the seemingly dormant Planet of the Apes franchise to this film is unbelievably high, making this perhaps one of the strongest franchise reboots ever. Writing duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver make the smart decision of creating a story that focuses not on the humans, but on the apes. The humans play a role, of course, but the plot points involving them are certainly second to the apes and the development of their characters. Their development is mostly dialogue-free (the scenes that do contain dialogue are very powerful), which allows for most of their emotions to be delivered via hand gestures and facial expressions. The latter is largely in part due to Weta Digital's stunning visual effects, delivered by motion capture technology that is some of the best ever put to screen. Andy Serkis, the undeniable master of the technology, steals the show as Caesar, whose transformation from heartwarming to rebellious is heartbreaking yet completely understandable. Director Rupert Wyatt delivers the material with style, including beautiful cinematography and fast paced editing that makes the 105 minute runtime a complete breeze. Planet of the Apes films without competent filmmakers behind them may be weak, but Planet of the Apes films like this are strong.
½ April 6, 2016
Some little problems at the beginning but it started to make more and more sense throuhout the film. I loved the ending
½ March 30, 2016
Slow to get going and pretty shallow by the end.
The cgi is off the scale in this monkey fest, where a chimpanzee achieves enlightenment and then spreads it to other apes.
Its basically a tale of slavery and empowerment.
Like I said pretty slow..
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