Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise_of_the_Planet_of_the_Apes_movie_wallpaper_1366x768 Don’t we all love reboots!? No? Good, because varying opinions are great. There are a few decent enough reboots out there…like “The Bourne Identity (2002)”. Yeah, bet ya didn’t think that was a reboot/remake! Well it is! But enough about that. Reboots/remakes are usually a hit-or-miss situations. Like I said “The Bourne Identity” is a good one. “Robocop (2014)” wasn’t really the best. But what about the franchise that got a reboot a few years back and it completely flopped, and had…human on ape kissing…ugh. And then, a few years later it got rebooted AGAIN! But how did it turn out? Did this guy like it? Will it be as great or will it flop like Tim Burton’s try at it.

Apes and Chimps…”Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (That’s a mouthful).

Will Rodman (James Franco) is currently on the verge of a scientific breakthrough. He thinks he has created the cure for alzheimer’s disease. He mostly worked on it becasue his father Charles (John Lithgow) has it. Unfortunately science is not the best thing ever. As always the new drug/cure/virus/thing is being tested on animals. And in this case it is chimps who are the chosen ones. But the fun thing is the drug/cure/virus/thing actually kind works and makes one of the chimps smarter. The one called bright eyes. But when something goes wrong and she escapes, she gets shot and killed, leaving the boss to tell chimp handler Robert Franklin (Tyler Labine) to put the rest down. Only thing is he finds a tiny and adorable chimp baby whom he hands over to Will to take care of. So of course Will brings him home and starts raising him. He also finds out the chimp had inherited the drug/cure/virus/thing’s effects from his mom. So he both studies him and raises him…hmmm. He also names him Caesar (And is mo-capped by Andy Serkis). But as you may have guessed by the title of the movie, shit gets fucked up. The plot in a non-detailed fashion is kinda predictable. But what is so interesting is the execution. It is made in such a way that the plot becomes fantastic. Also, this isn’t just an action film with an ape twist…it is also a character driven drama. I was very surprised with the plot and I just love it.

Characters are not too shabby I guess. You basically wanna punch most characters on the throat at least once in the movie. The only ones you maybe don’t wanna punch are Will, his father and Caesar.  They are the only ones you understand why they are like that without them being dicks about it. But the corporate people are not really justified (Because corporations conducting animal tests are not justified).

The music is epic. That is all I can say. The soundtrack by Patrick Doyle is amazing. Fits every big and little thing that happens in this movie and just makes you wanna be there and go on an adventure. MMMMMM YEAH!

This movie is beautifully filmed in every way. Not only the camerawork, but also the CGI is magnificent. They really bring the apes to life here. Also, where is Andy Serkis’ Oscar!? I don’t care that motion capture is not really the same as regular acting, but give him an Oscar already! He was great in the “Lord of The Rings” movies and he is great here. He deserves one, god damn it!

Reception for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was just great. Rotten Tomatoes has an 82% positive score and a “Fresh” rating. Metacritic is as always the lowest and gave this a 68/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3/4 stars and really praised Andy Serkis as Caesar in this. He even said:

“one never knows exactly where the human ends and the effects begin, but Serkis and/or Caesar gives the best performance in the movie.”

imdb.com has 7,6/10 as score for the movie.

I have given a few opinions on this movie and I am ready to hand out a score. I am giving “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” a 9,70/10 and in other words not just a recommendation to buy it…but also the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (still a mouthful) is now reviewed.

To be honest, I am hyped for the sequel.

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