Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2010

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(466) IMDb 7.6/10
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An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

Starring:
James Franco, Freida Pinto
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Rupert Wyatt
Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto
Supporting actors Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, Chelah Horsdal, David Hewlett
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 21 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
What a very very good film this is. In `Rise of The Planet of the Apes', English director Rupert Wyatt has a stab at doing what Tim Burton failed spectacularly to do in 2001 - resurrecting the Planet of the Apes franchise. What Wyatt has created, against all the odds, is a thoughtful, intelligent and stirring piece which provides the perfect antidote to all the silly, lacklustre `Apes' films since Franklin J. Schaffer's classic original from 1968.

The film charts the rise of Caesar, an orphaned laboratory chimp, from timid youngster to a sort of revolutionary leader of his fellow Simians. Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist at a pharmaceutical company researching a new drug and potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease that reverses the damage to brain tissue, tested on chimps. The effect it has on these animals is to rapidly increase intelligence to an unprecedented degree. After one of the apes goes berserk and trashes the laboratory, the drug is rejected by investors and all but one of the chimps, the baby Caesar, are killed. Will takes the chimp home with him and raises it himself but continues to use the drug on his father (John Lithgow), an Alzheimer's sufferer. Needless to say things go awry, and Caesar is taken away to a special facility where a large number of primates are held in captivity. Along the way there are various maltreatments of Caesar and his fellow chimps at the hands of sadistic humans, all of which contributes to his rise to power. Here begins the most powerful section of the movie, as Caesar gains the trust of his fellow apes and then eventually begins to command them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warren Bowman on 21 Dec 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Enagaging, thought-provoking and genuinely releavant to society today. As the human race seeks ways to prolong life and simultaneously cause massive loss of life across the globe, the apes rise to take over the world. This is the premise behind for me, one of the best films of the year. A crucial point to make here is that this is NOT a remake. It stands alone as a top quality, intelligent film which paves the way for the original premise.

I grew up with re-runs of the original franchise. Good old Charlton Heston's iron jaw becoming slack at the sight of old Madamne Liberty rising from the dersert sand of 30-oddth century earth remains an iconic image in my mind. The studios saw the power of the sequel and perhaps went on too long, with less money each time to throw at the story-line and actors. Roddy MacDowall at least made a name for himself in ape make-up as the franchise moved to TV.

I won't mention the ridiculous Tim Burton disastrous re-boot. Oh sorry, I just did. Let's just forget that one and focus on Rise.

We begin as hunters capture chimpanzees in Africa. Said chimps are then transported to USA so intelligent men can pump them full of drugs. James Franco leads the human cast as a scientist in search of a cure for Alzheimers which afflicts his father, played by John Lithgow.

Down at the lab, things go wrong. The suits are looking for revenue from creating super clever apes and extending human lifespan, the scientists are looking to get their name in a journal for providing drugs to prolong life. The end result is that James Franco ends up taking a baby ape home to play with. Now the thing is with brilliant minds is that often they don't have an awful lot of common sense.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The word reimagining is a much-abused one in movies, but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is such a superb example of how a disappointing film can be remade as a genuinely satisfying one by approaching the same basic story points from a very different angle. This isn't the conquest of the planet but the first step, and one that begins with the best intentions before escalating along with the genetically-enhanced chimp Caesar's growing intelligence. It manages to be both smart and entertaining, packing a lot more into its 105-minute running time than many a more bloated blockbuster and fits in firmly with the original series of films, from the references to Taylor's lost mission being launched to the origins of the plague that, in Conquest, was held responsible for the death of all domestic pets but here seems more dangerous to humans. And it's satisfying that, true to the Lawgiver's scrolls, it's the word No that is pivotal. Just as satisfyingly, it doesn't overdo the sly references to the original that are there to be discovered rather than hitting you over the head with them - Charlton Heston on TV, Caesar's mother sharing the same name the apes give Taylor in the original (Bright Eyes), an elderly orangutan called Maurice.

Abandoning prosthetics for mocap for the apes, the special effects are superb, allowing Andy Serkis to give another of his remarkable creature performances that was sadly ignored yet again at awards season while at the same time being far more convincingly simian than even the great John Chambers could manage. These apes look and move and behave like primates even in the exhilarating finale when the simian Spartacus re-enacts a moment from Kubrick's film before the impressive Golden Gate showdown.
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