Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father Charles. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects... Especially Caesar, his pet chimpanzee.
I am generally not a fan of prequels. To me prequels often scream of big corporate studios trying to squeze every last dollar out of a dying franchise. Imagine my surprise then with Rise of the Planet of the Apes which not only is a very well concieved and well written movie,but also a triumph of great CGI effects. The seamless CGI used in this movie is simply spectacular, oscar worthy quality and better than "gasp!" Avitar. Also, there is a very understated oscar-worthy performance by John Lithgow in this movie that sort of ties the motivations of the main characters together. I was quite plesantly surprised by how good the movie is- worthy of my Top 10 for 2011.
I love the whole planet of the apes, the old series (film) in 1968 with Charlton Heston, then the added remake in 2001, directed by Tim Burton, then this film was mind-blowing and the storyline was unbelievably satfisying James Franco was believable as the scientist urging to cure his fathers (John Lithgow) Alzeimers and playing as his girlfriend newly found actress from Slum-Dog-Millionaire Frieda Pinto.
Andy Serkis as Cesaer (the Ape) was brilliant, one thing better than the film was watching how the film itself was made and filmed, watching the silent-exterior expressions of the ape, was like he was in your presence and a cold shiver of reality was a shock when the credits appeared on the screen.
This movie was great. Even if you haven't seen the original "Planet of the Apes" series (which you should) this movie is still entertaining. The computer graphics are superb, the actors do a good job, and the movie does what it sets out to do. It delivers in nearly every department, except none of the human characters are interesting. All of them are rather bland or unlikable, but the apes are the center of this film, and you'll be rooting for them the whole movie. The action scenes are riveting and exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. This movie is definitely worth seeing and is very good, but not extraordinary.
The monkeys are taking over!
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was a joke. This was the stupidest idea for a movie ever. This wouldn’t work for the same reason that a zombie movie were we see (slowly and detailed) how a zombie apocalypse would star, because it wouldn’t start. We have guns; moneys do not have guns, so it would be fairly easy to shoot the monkeys. The original movie also implied that apes slowly evolved beyond us, how do you cover millions of years of evolution in less then two hours and still make a good story?
Fortunately this movie proved me wrong in a big way. They focus on how the “rise” of the apes starts, and only shows the very beginning of the uprising. This works surprisingly well.
It’s about Caesar, the first of the super intelligent apes that has been treated with an Alzheimer’s treatment, and the super smart part is a side effect. Eventually he is put into an animal shelter rife with mistreatment turning the ape into a freaking Hannibal Lector. He breaks out, along with other apes in order to take over the world.
This is one of the better character studies I’ve seen this year, and its subject is a monkey. It isn’t one of my favorite movies or anything; I’m just impressed how they were able to turn such a stupid premise into a solid flick and the best planet of the ape’s movie yet.
I went to the cinema with very low expectations for this film, especially as the trailer didn't really excite me. However, I was completely taken by surprise at how great this film is. Not only are the visual effects spectacular but the story is properly developed with a satisfying conclusion. Andy Serkis's portrayal as Caesar is faultless and deserves every praise it gets.
My only complaint with the film is Freida Pinto's role which is undeveloped and serves no purpose other than James Franco's brief love interest.
This film has breathed new life into a franchise many considered long dead and is the surprise film of 2011. Potential sequels are welcome.
Not a dull moment I loved this film from start to finish ! Definatley one of the best movies of 2011 if not of all time. James Franco was completely the star of the show and Andy Serkis did an outstanding job and unforgettable performance playing Caesar . This film had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through , With a simple but gripping story line with a few twists and turns along the way . The effects are absolutely superb and make one hell of a realistic movie, This inspirational movie captures your heart and opens your mind. With a fantastic ending that leaves this movies questions answered and builds hope and excitement toward a sequel. Watch this space…
Rating: Absolute Classic