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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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Excellent Reboot, Much Better than the Wahlberg Fiasco!

  • Jan 22, 2012
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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 the newborn chimp home and right away notices it is very smart for being only a day old. He decides to try the treatment that he had given the chimp to his father, who is pretty far along with Alzheimers. His father seems to get better overnight and the two of them raise Cesar (the Chimp's name and the same name of Cornelius' and Zira's baby in the original). Later Cesar gets in trouble with a neighbor causing him to be sent to an Ape preserve by the authoriites.

I don't want to give too much away but the apes seem to live in conditions similar to what Taylor had to undergo in the original. There are several references to the original film such as a female chimp named Cornelia, and orangatang named Maurice (like Maurice Evans) and the repeating of a few classic lines (It's a Mad House and Get Away From Me You Filthy Ape).

The movie progresses with Cesar leading an ape mini-revolt. I really enjoyed this film and am sorry that I put off so long, seeing it. Don't know where the makers intend to go with it as the movie does set itself up for a sequel.

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January 23, 2012
I actually liked the Wahlberg one, but yes, I thought that this one was much better, too!
January 23, 2012
The ending ruined the film. They tried to do something like Perre Boule's novel for the ending but it was totally confusing.
 
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review by . August 06, 2011
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review by . August 06, 2011
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review by . August 15, 2011
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review by . September 25, 2011
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      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
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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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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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