Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 5, 2011
4 of 5 stars – A definite recommend.
Beware! This review may contain spoiler alerts.
I will preface this review that the reason I gave this movie 4 stars instead of 3 was because it was much better than I anticipated; and I love when that happens! I wasn’t sure what to expect, being that it was a prequel to a classic, extremely popular movie.
Summary: The movie opens with Will Rodman (James Franco) working in a lab on a serum causing brain cell regeneration. We later learn that Rodman is working on this serum because his father (John Lithgow) is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Something goes terribly wrong at the lab and Rodman’s project is shut down. Rather than putting the animal down, Rodman takes an ape home that was born earlier that day because it was not yet on record. What Rodman doesn’t know, is that the serum that was given to the ape’s mother was passed genetically to her offspring.
Fast forward eight years, and the ape, Caesar, has the knowledge of a teenager. Rodman is still working at the lab, but on a different project (technically). He is secretly working on the serum to try and help his father since he has taken a turn for the worse. Rodman does not want to watch his father suffer, and brings the serum home to test it on his father. It works, but only for a while. While Rodman’s father is disoriented, he leaves the house and gets into an argument with a neighbor. The neighbor begins yelling and pushing causing Caesar to become very protective of Rodman’s father. Caesar breaks out of the house and attacks the neighbor, eventually being taken away by Animal Control.
Caesar continues to grow smarter over time, and learns how to open his cage and leave the Animal Control Center. Caesar returns to Rodman’s house and steals the serum that is being given to his father. Back at the Animal Control Center, Caesar gives this serum to the other apes building an army. At the right moment, the apes take control of the Center and break out into the city, taking that over as well. This displays the beginning of how the apes will eventually rise over humans.
My Opinion: The movie ended with a definite possibility of a sequel, which I believe the studio will make. Franco and Lithgow gave great performances that caused many heartfelt moments. The CGI apes were also given eccentric personalities, and you cannot help but fall in love with and feel for them. There are a few call backs to the original movie that are quite creative : ) I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone that is a fan of the original Planet of the Apes, or any movie fan that enjoys a good action flick.
PS – It didn’t hurt that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trailer played before the movie : ) Can’t wait! Woot woot!