Friday, August 5, 2011

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (U/A) Review/Story/Cast

Movie Info: Review : (3 / 5)

An origin story in the true sense of the word, RISE OF THE APES is set in present day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale—a science fiction/science-fact blend where mankind`s hubris leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital–employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for ``Avatar``–will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.

  • Released date : Aug 5, 2011
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Cast & Crew : Tom Felton, James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Tyler Labine , David Hewlett , Sonja Bennett, Chelah Horsdal, David Oyelowo, Leah Gibson , Jamie Harris
  • Director : Rupert Wyatt
  • Length :1 hr 45 mins
  • Writer :Pierre Boulle
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Review : (3 / 5)

One time watch. But definitely worth watching one time.


Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist, currently residing in San Francisco, who is working on a cure for Alzheimer's Disease by performing tests on apes. Rodman's "cure" is a virus that not only repairs brain cells, but genetically modifies the chimpanzees, giving them a human level of intelligence.

One of his test subjects is Bright Eyes, a female chimpanzee, who gives birth to a baby chimpanzee named Caesar (Andy Serkis). Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) orders all the test chimpanzees put down after the female chimpanzee escapes and disrupts a board meeting, but Robert Franklin (Tyler Labine), the subordinate responsible for carrying out this order, cannot bring himself to kill the chimpanzee's baby, and instead gives it to Will, who raises it in his house.[4]

Caesar turns out to have inherited his mother's high intelligence, and learns unbelievably well. Will also gives a sample of his cure to his father,(John Lithgow), who is suffering from Alzheimer's. At first his father improves but later his body's immune system fights off the virus and his illness returns. After attacking a neighbor who threatened Will's father, Caesar is forced to leave Will's house and is held in a primate facility in San Bruno, where the apes are held in cages and are cruelly treated.

Meanwhile, Rodman creates a more powerful cure to further treat his father and new tests on chimps begin. It strengthens the intelligence of the apes, but is fatal to humans. Franklin is exposed to the new virus and later dies in his apartment.

Caesar eventually escapes from his cage and releases an airborne-strain of the virus that enhances the intelligence of his fellow apes. He becomes capable of speech, and the apes successfully defeat their sadistic captor, Dodge Landon (Tom Felton), allowing them to escape the primate facility. Caesar then releases the remaining apes from Will's research institute and San Francisco Zoo, and successfully leads an escape through the streets of San Francisco.

The apes then battle a police blockade of the Golden Gate Bridge meant to stop them from crossing. Caesar launches a three pronged attack with the orangutans attacking from the bottom supports, the chimps attacking from the high-wire supports, and the gorillas leading the charge straight down the bridge. They defeat the police and make it away from the city and into the Muir Woods National Monument forest.

Will warns Caesar that humanity is strong and he will be safe at home. Caesar, now capable of many human factors, informs Will "Caesar is home" and ensures that Rodman will be safe from the mass army of apes.

Meanwhile, a mid-credit scene reveals that Rodman's neighbor has been infected with the virus and has a career as a pilot. As he walks into the airport, a timetable is zoomed into a flight to New York, implying the spread of a global pandemic.

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