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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A 2011 reboot of the popular science fiction film franchise.

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'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' 'Two Jews On Film' Cheer This SciFi Cautionary Tale (Video)

  • Aug 4, 2011

What makes 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' so unique is that it's the first live-action film to be told from the point of view of a sentient animal -- A chimpanzee--named Caesar...brilliantly portrayed by Andy Serkis, the world's foremost  performance capture actor.  Andy infuses Caesar with nuance, wisdom and most importantly... heart.  

'Rise Of The Planets Of The Apes' is an origin story, in the truest sense of the word.  It shows us what happens, when experiments in genetic engineering, leads scientists to produce an intelligent ape.  The film is a cautionary tale that blends scifi with science.  

And thanks to the Rupert Wyatt's excellent direction along with the great story telling of Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffee, this movie scores on all levels.  

At its heart, 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' is a character driven piece.  It's about humanity's hubris - our arrogance in thinking that we can twist, push, cheat or circumvent the laws of nature without consequence.

In the original 'Planet Of The Apes',  Col. Taylor (the late Charleton Heston) stands on the beach, facing the Statue Of Liberty and discovers that he's been on Earth the whole time and that the apes...have indeed taken over the planet.

In 'Rise Of the Planet Of the Apes', we find out...how this event came to pass. 

Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist working within a large pharmacceutical corporation, Gen-Sys, conducting genetic research to develop a benign virus that restores damaged human brain tissue.  He is committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's, a disease that afflicts his father, Charles (John Lithgow)

Franco nails Will's character...He's your typical cold and isolated scientist.  All  of Will's energy is directed toward his work.  Of course that soon changes, when he secretly rescues an orphaned, newborn chimp, from his lab.  The chimp is Caesar, and this one ape...destined for 'greatness'.

Now we can't expect, a goodlooking scientist like Will, to live with just his elderly dad and a primate.  He has to have a love interest, right?  It's still a movie afterall.  Luckily, Will meets Caroline (Freida Pinto) a beautiful, Primatologist who adores apes as much as he does.  

Weta Digital ('Avitar and Lord Of The Rings Trilogy') using their state of the art technology, not only gives Caesar and his fellow primates, subtle human tendencies and emotions...but they manage to create a world, that is so real and recognizable...Modern-day, San Franciso.  These guys are amazing.

This is a film for people of all ages.  But the animal abuse scenes are hard to take.  If you bring kids, you might want to tell them to close their eyes.  That's what I did.

Personally, I'm on the side of the apes. Watching 'Rise Of the Planet of The Apes' I couldn't help but think that there's only a few hundred gorillas left on the planet.  We are coming very close to wiping out a species...actually more than one...    

It was one year ago that 'Two Jews On Film' shot their first review.  I am so happy that for our anniversary episode, me and John are finally in agreement.

'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' gets Our Highest Bagel Rating. (Well, minus a half from John)  It opens in theaters Friday, August 5, 2011.  Don't miss it.

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
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August 08, 2011
I loved the original movies and couldn't stand Tim Burton's remake, so my expectations for this are kind of mixed. I hope that it will at least attempt to be as witty and socially relevant as the originals.
August 08, 2011
I didn't like Tim Burton's version at all. I can't imagine anyone not liking this one. It's smart, character driven and just plain ole 'well-done'.
August 06, 2011
I'm glad you warned us about the animal abuse--I can't take it! Nice review.
August 06, 2011
Thanks so much. Yeah just close your eyes.
August 04, 2011
Cool! I always love your pre-release reviews :)
August 04, 2011
By the way, happy anniversary! I can't believe you two have only been doing this for a year! You two seem like such seasoned pros at this :P
August 05, 2011
Thank you so much. We're just being...us. But I do appreciate your comments. . Whether John and I are discussing resturants, theater, music, art...we usually have different opinions...And mine is the correct one. LOL.
August 05, 2011
One of our friends suggested we do a show called 'Two Jews On Everything.' LOL
August 04, 2011
Wow excellent review, you guys have convinced me to see it.
August 04, 2011
Great. Thanks so much. Can't wait to see what you think.
August 06, 2011
It was pretty entertaining, Alex.
August 04, 2011
Happy anniversary!! Interesting, sounds like it is an allegory for how humans can be more evil than animals. Is this some sort of remake of "Return to Planet of the Apes"? I am so pumped now. I mean, John seems happy with it too and so that gives me more motivation. You know that marketing issue may indeed ruin the film's performance in the box-office. Nice impression!!
August 04, 2011
It's not a remake at all. More like a prequel. And it's so well done, thoughtful, just great. And yes John really really really liked it. And the marketing sucks. Hopefully people will ignore it.
August 06, 2011
Ok, Joan and John...I saw it and I liked it...just a little cliched and predictable. I reviewed it too below... :)
August 06, 2011
I think I posted a message in response to your review but just in case I didn't. Great review as always, but I just realized you're as critical as John LOL.
August 07, 2011
Thanks! Nah...no one's as critical as John LOL. I think maybe part of the reason why I didn't love it is because I saw "Altered States", Cronenberg's "The Fly" and Burton's "Planet of the Apes" three days prior to me seeing the movie. It was my fault. :)
August 07, 2011
No one except John's brother. LOL. I loved 'Altered States' and 'The Fly' as well.
August 04, 2011
Great review, guys! I can't wait to see this one this weekend. Weta is amazing, shooting live action on location is just unbelievable.
August 04, 2011
Thanks so much. I think you'll love it. And yes they are amazing.
More Rise of the Planet of the Apes reviews
review by . August 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Remakes, prequels, re-boots, re-issues and re-imaginings often fall under one creative and narrative flaw. No matter how good a film is or tries to be, it always feels rather predictable. It is rather difficult to really judge the newest injection to the “Planet of Apes” franchise as director Rupert Wyatt tries his hand to re-boot and re-issue the core premise of the classic saga. Originally titled “Caesar and the Rise of the Apes”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” …
review by . January 22, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I was surprised that this is actually a pretty good film and a lot stronger reworking of the original storyline that that Wahlberg film a few years back. James Franco works in a lab and is trying to come up with a cure for Alzheimer's. He experiments on chimps and one shows a lot of promise. When a mistake leads to the chimp being killed and the project shut down, there is a slight wrinkle. The chimp in question was pregnant and was only protecting her newborn.    Franco takes …
review by . August 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         It’s tempting to judge Rise of the Planet of the Apes on the basis of the several marketing adjectives that have been applied to it. I’ve heard it referred to as a remake, a reboot, a revamp, a reimagining, and a prequel; it may in fact be all those things, but to be perfectly frank, I don’t see how that matters in the slightest. The best way to approach this film, I think, is to judge it on its own terms. And on its own terms, …
review by . August 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Now that the summer’s coming to a close, a focus is returning to the more idea and character-driven stories that signal the Fall Movie Season. Rise of the Planet of the Apes definitely feels like one of those slower films that works far better when it’s working on constructing an idea than when it’s trying to deliver on blockbuster action film. In the end though it’s still a emotionally dominant and technologically remarkable film that shouldn’t be missed. The film …
review by . September 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
      Rise of the Apes (as I like to call this movie because the title is too long and stupid) is probably the best "what-if" movie of the year. The so-called prequel to the original Planet of the Apes surely delivers the expected and probably exceeds our expectations. I wasn't sold at the beginning in Wyatt's talent as a director but now I'm convinced. He managed to reinvent this franchise by giving it exactly what it needs: a good story with a good amount …
review by . August 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
12A - 105mins - Action/Drama/Sci-Fi - 11th August 2011   It's been 10 years since the last Planet of the Apes film and looking back, it is fair to say that the years have not treated it too well- the ape costumes are verging on amusing rather than scary. This latest reboot brings us an origins story painting a picture of the beginning of the end for the human race and the start of dominance for the apes on Earth. They have brought back this franchise again with a movie that isn't …
Quick Tip by . August 16, 2011
This is my favorite of the series, by far. The reason: it's the most believable...well, except for Freida Pinto whose character really didn't add anything to the story. James Franco has quickly become one of my favorite actors ever since I saw him in Milk, Howl, 127 Hours and add this one to the list. He does a great job of balancing love for his pseudo-chimp child but, treating him like a pet and the dedicated scientist who is desperate to find a cure for Alzheimers. John Lithgow doesn't get the …
Quick Tip by . September 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
the preview pretty much summed up what I saw and it was a way better film than the last planet of the apes and the thought of a sequel to this makes it even better,, def worth a watch
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was so friggin' cool! Even more cool that it's based in my native San Francisco. I had no idea what to expect, only watching it because I saw positive ratings and because I had liked a previous Planet of the Apes film. This did not disappoint. The visuals are astounding and the plot just makes you think. This is one of those movies that you'll have to catch while it's on the big screen.
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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Director: Rupert Wyatt
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: August 5, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Pierre Boulle, Rick Jaffa
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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