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Running Time 105 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date Aug 5, 2011
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist in San Francisco, is experimenting with a drug that he hopes will cure his father's (John Lithgow) Alzheimer's disease. After his work is deemed a failure, Will becomes the guardian of Caesar, an infant chimp who was exposed in-utero to Will's drug. Caesar displays unusual intelligence, and Will decides to continue his experiments secretly. But as Caesar's intellect and abilities grow, he comes to represent a threat to man's dominion over Earth.

James Franco Will Rodman
Freida Pinto Caroline Aranha
John Lithgow Charles Rodman
Brian Cox John Landon
Tom Felton Dodge Landon
David Oyelowo Steven Jacobs
Andy Serkis Caesar
Tyler Labine Robert Franklin
Jamie Harris Rodney
David Hewlett Hunsiker

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Aug 22, 2011 - secondopinion on Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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This film has all the appeal I associate with James Franco. His sullen inhumanity fit nicely with the soulless version of Caesar which by the most incoherent chicanery is suppose to be a prequel to PofA. Of course it makes no sense if you know the original. That story was about character and relationships. It was about slow evolution replacing the self destroyed humans with a medieval style successor. But wait. This version has super fast evolution. The same apes in that film are already alive and taking on genius intelligence. Humans are going to be wiped out and replaced in a generation, not by atomic war, but a good old greedy corporation. But wait again. These monkeys are geniuses in a high tech world and yet they do not use cars or planes or computers when they takeover? And man gets a virus but his planet is completely blown up when the spacemen return? Don't worry. There is no attempt to make sense. Or to make us like either the inhuman humans or the CGI apes. Despicable humans are replaced by despicable apes...Hollywood rules.

Aug 08, 2011 - PolyShirt on Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was an overall average movie. The fact that it took place in San Fransisco made it somewhat more interesting, as I recognized a couple of places. The movie itself had a little originality, but most of the time I was able to guess what would happen; Ape and human become attached, they get separated, ape turns evil, a couple of people die in between, human realizes where ape truly belongs. I do have to say, the special effects were amazing. The apes all looked so real, their emotions, noises, etc. If a sequel to this movie came out, then I would watch it, and I will say that this movie was worth watching.

Aug 07, 2011 - Jennavive. on Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The story does a real good job filling in the blanks, which came to being after Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes' film, having it set in San Francisco made it more personal for me. Tim Burton must be really happy with Rupert Wyatt's film, since many people will be motivated to see Tim Burton's film for a second time after seeing this 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' film.

There weren't too many negatives that I could find in this movie. Some slight plot holes, but the film and characters make up for it. The chemistry between Franco and Pinto is weak, thankfully Lithgow makes up for the relationship connections with Cox filling some shoes. The journey Caeser takes really connects and you feel his plight.

Albeit you know the chimps are CGI, their eyes look amazing, with depth and personality, and along with their body language and facial animations, you really do forget they are CGI. This film could just ignite a new category for awards, best CGI character actor.

There are moments that are truly gratifying, and Caeser really steals the show with his evolution through out the movie. With moments of thought, heart and action, Rise really hits the mark for the audience it's aiming for.