Movie review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Science fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, Brian Cox, David Hewlett

“RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES combines fantastic storytelling with the next leap in Visual Effects for an emotional and action-packed motion picture experience unlike any other. Man’s arrogance sets off a chain of events that leads to intelligence in apes and a challenge to our place as the dominant species on the planet. Caesar, the first intelligent ape, is betrayed by humans and rises up to lead his species’ spectacular race to freedom and the ultimate showdown with Man. In Caesar, WETA – the Oscar-winning visual effects team behind Avatar – have created a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence” (20th Century Fox).

Verdict: Surprisingly impressive. Initially after watching the trailer, I thought it was going to be yet another lame spin off of the original Planet of the Apes but it turned out to be one of the best films of the year to me. Incredible performance by Andy Serkis (Smeagol/Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movie franchise) as Caesar, the chimpanzee, that was convincingly animated with the help of the latest filming technology. Director Rupert Wyatt is also commendable for being able to deliver despite having very little big-budget directing experience. However, the dialogue-writing could be better and I’m sick of James Franco’s acting.

But then(SPOILER BEGINS HERE) if Caesar is so intelligent to the extend that he could spontaneously learn how to pick pockets, pick locks (not to mention by using a pocket knife) and strategise his escape and all in a very short period of time, why can’t he understand that it was his fault that gotten him locked up? It doesn’t take a genius to know that it was the law that kept his owner Will Rodman (James Franco) from taking him home. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Mid-credit scene: Very essential to reveal how human population is reduced in the timeline of the original Planet of the Apes.

Rating: 4 / 5

Second opinion: “It’s good. I almost cried at one of the scenes!” (Iris Loong).

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