Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
As someone who liked the original, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a nice surprise for the year 2011. The movie fits well with the prequel idea, but it also works well as a stand along reboot for the series.
The premise follows James Franco’s character, Will, on the verge of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s through clinical studies on apes. After a freak accident with his primary experimental ape, Will finds himself taking an ape (Caesar) home to raise on his own. The ape shows such remarkable signs of intelligence, Will decides to try the drug on his father who has Alzheimer’s. Caeser out grows his home with Will and begins to evolve faster than anyone could imagine. Events eventually turn disastrous and since this movie is meant to line up with apes taking over the world (while Charlton Heston is in space), we all know where things are heading.
The animation in this movies is great and it’s hard to tell at times when the apes are real or CGI. As an audience, your mind set could actually change (from watching the original) to rooting for the apes rather then the humans. Rise of the Planet of the Apes sets up another movie (or 2) to come before we see a possible (good) remake of the original (not directed by Tim Burton). Dramatic and entertaining. Co-stars John Lithgow as Franco’s father.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a pleasant surprise from my perspective. I agree with my movie enthusiast hubby that this movie has you rooting for the apes all the way. At the same time you feel sympathy for Will (James Franco) who isn’t a bad guy, he is just trying to find a cure for his father’s Alzheimer’s. I can honestly say I am looking forward to the next movie, even if I can tell you exactly what the plot will be because of the final scene of this one.
9/10 Stars – Nice surprise for a movie where we know what is coming…
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