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Film Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2012/01/18

The film Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a Prequel to the 1974 film The Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston, set in San Fransisco the story follow Dr. Will Rodman played by James Franco as he attempts to create a synthetic compound that can repair brain function in Alzheimer patients. His passion behind his work is quickly revealed to the audience when we find out that his Father, played by John Lithgow, has the disease and it is quickly destroying his memory and functionality. The Apes come into play as the test subjects for his new drug and while the drug seems to improve the Apes ability to think and understand the real miracle comes from the offspring of one of their test subjects who is unnaturally intelligent and gifted with the capacity that exceeds that of a human child.

The film jumps forward a few years and that when the real fun starts, to stop me from giving away too much of the story I’ll end there but you now have a clear base on which the film builds on, and it does get quite entertaining. Needless to say the visuals are fantastic and the motion capture technology is at it’s best here, Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy does all the motion capture for the main Ape, Caesar. Overall the film is entertaining and fairly intelligent, with many subtle references to the original film series, and a large number of moments where your breath is literally taken away. Acting was a plus for all the cast save James Franco, who I personally find to be shallow and pedantic, but Lithogw is always excellent as well as Freida Pinto, who plays the love interest of Franco, round out a cast of fairly well-distributed talent.

My Verdict? Chicken Caesar Salad! Because it’s hearty and healthy but in the long run just the starter to a much bigger meal, not a substitute. Also “Caesar” get it?

7.5/10

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