Friday, August 5, 2011


Official Synopsis : A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.

Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action

What to Expect : Not the most ground-breaking blockbuster out there, but an ambitious and interesting attempt at portraying the events that will eventually lead to the ape apocalypse from the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes". For the first time ever, the apes are created through CGI and motion-capture, instead of make-up. Andy Serkis' performance as Ceasar, the revolutionary chimp, is said to be amazing. Serkis is a veteran of motion capture, his resume as virtual actor including the memorable Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and King Kong in Peter Jackson's daring remake.

Critical Response : Positive. In what could easily qualify as a surprise, critics actually enjoyed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Andy Serkis' performance, which I mentioned in the above paragraph, is considered to be the best thing about the movie, while the amazing visual effects also impressed most reviewers. Most acknowledged the simplistic nature of this summer blockbuster, but some were surprised by its involving story. James Franco, the human star of the movie isn't given much to do, which starts to make sense, given his pesimistic interview for Playboy magazine a while ago, when he said critics will hate the movie and blame it on him. Well, they didn't hate the movie and most don't even blame Franco. The script and decisions to take away from the movie's exposition were selected as being the main reasons why the story isn't as powerful as it should have been. Still, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" seems to be a lot better than most expected it to be and it's rated 80% fresh on Rottentomatoes.com from 86 positive and 21 negative reviews.

More Details : 

  • Starring : Andy Serkis, James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox.

  • Director : Rupert Wyatt.

  • Screenplay : Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, suggested by the novel "La planete des singes" by Pierre Boulle.

  • Running Time : 105 min.

  • Rating : PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language.

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