Sunday, 24 August 2014

Movie review - Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) / action, sci-fi, drama

Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Based on Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings
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Popcorn with soul!

Will Rodman (James Franco) is a brilliant scientist with a breakthrough drug that just may cure Alzheimer's. He and his team are using chimpanzee's to test this new drug but in the process find out that it increases intelligence as well as repair cells in the brain. One of the test subjects gets loose in an intense sequence and ultimately put down. It turns out that she had just given birth to a beautiful baby chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis) who inherited this new gene. Will decides the only moral thing to do is to take the baby home. He soon realizes that this little chimp has the intelligence of a human child twice it's age. Time passes, Caesar grows and things are getting messier.

Whoever says popcorn flicks can't be good as well, is wrong and this film is one of many who can confirm that! It's not the most original or intelligent story but it is also not cheesy or cheap. Engaging fast paced film, characters with depth and personality and just over all exciting to watch. And what a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis! Amazing screen capture, both the body language and facial expressions. CGI is of course a part of that as well. Great job! Another thing I love is that the movie is thought provoking on many levels. The only unnecessary things is relationship between Will and Caroline. There is no chemistry or story. Despite that, definitely worth watching! 4/5

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