Rise Of The Planet Of the Apes

I finally watched Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the 2011 reboot, please note – remake and not remake, of the classic Planet Of The Apes movie & tv series franchise from 1968 to the 1970s. If you remember back in July I had watched & blogged about the 5 movies that as become such movie legends & in particular science fiction classics. We did have Tim Burton’s Planet Of The Apes, which although was successful, is now to be considered a stand alone film. The makers of the movie hope that they can create a new movie franchise and hence this movie focuses on the origin / beginning as to how the apes first evolved and revolted against the humans.

This movie is directed by Rupert Wyatt and stars James Franco, Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow and features Andy Serkis as the motion capture actor for Caesar – the main chimp & leader of the revolution that sees the apes rebel against being experimented on & locked in cages as well as being treated as inferiors. We also have David Hewlett in a small role. The movie also does pay some homage to the original franchise as the storyline is slightly based on the 4th movie, 1972’s Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes.

The only thing that I did not like about the movie is that it’s apes are all CGI based. It is good CGI effects, but in certain places it is very evident, especially the scenes of the riots on the Golden Gate bridge towards the end. I’m, like a lot of scifi nutcases, not a big fan of the CGI style of shooting effects. I like the storyline, the film never gets boring and overall the acting is good and no one can really complain about the film. One thing I would like to point out which is a big difference between the original franchise and this new one is the evolution of the apes – while in the original the apes evolved normally as mankind destroyed himself & thereby controlled & ruled over human, in the reboot it is genetics and tampering of the natural order that causes the apes to become more intelligent and hence revolt. One assumes that they will soon evolved further in future movies.

Best parts of the movie are the relationships – between Will & his father Charles, between Will & Caesar and between Charles & Caesar. The Rodman’s basically raise the highly intelligent ape as a younger son and protect him. There are some rushed parts of the movie and the cruel nature of the animal handler in the primate sanctuary is needed for the film, but I just don’t get why he does it! Frieda Pinto, while lovely, doesn’t really have much of a role in the film, except as the love interest. A chemical compound, created to combat Alzheimer’s  that exponentially increases the intelligence of all apes but is fatal to humans – aren’t we evolved from our ape forefathers? That seems kinda of convenient! And Hunsiker, an airline pilot, spreads the disease throughout the world! Oh and why did Koba dislike Jacobs so much? I know he is a greedy businessman and rushed the process but still.

Anyways, it’s a really good movie and I hope they can develop this into a series of sequels that can be successful. I’d give it a 9 out of 10!

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