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.
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” … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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.
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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