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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic action film, with brains.
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,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky apes
In Rise, we get to know the first Ape - Caesar. Used in experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, Caesar develops way beyond the expected intellect of a normal ape. This is handled well in the film, always highlighting the potential problems for messing with nature and science.

When Caesar's death is ordered due to an experiment going wrong, Will...
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic action film, with brains., 21 Aug. 2011
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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.

Absolutely central to the success of the movie is the performance of Andy Serkis as Caesar, again displaying his enormous physical talents and reaffirming why he is the `go to' man for motion capture. Whether he be Gollum, King Kong, Captain Haddock or Caesar, someone please change the Academy rules and nominate this brilliant actor for an Oscar. The CGI effects are, for the most part, remarkable and as good as I have seen to date, with just a few slips; moments where you are reminded that the chimps aren't actually there. The final clash between apes and humans on the Golden Gate Bridge is thrilling and spectacular.

Sadly the performances of the human contingent are less spectacular. This is perhaps partly due to the fact that they have increasingly little to do as the film progresses, becoming almost fringe characters. Indeed, Freida Pinto has little to do from the start besides look pretty and smile sympathetically. But this is a fairly minor gripe because this is very much Caesar's story. In fact it makes the movie all the more impressive because Caesar's rise is depicted for a large portion of the film with very little dialogue. The pick of the human performances is probably John Lithgow as Will's father, a man losing his identity.

A really pleasant surprise this one. On the one hand a great action movie, with some thrilling set-pieces and terrific special effects. But its real power lies in the performance of Serkis as the central character, and the fun to be had watching him lead a Spartacus style revolution against oppression. 8.5/10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Apes Revolution Begins..., 14 July 2014
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This review is from: Rise of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Director: Rupert Wyatt.
Production Company: 20th Century Fox.
Writers: Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa.
Rating: 12a.
Running time 105 minutes.
Budget: $93 million.
Box office: $481,800,873.

Bluray.
Region B/2.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1.
Number of discs: 1.
Classification: 12a.

Blu Ray Quality.
Crystal Clear 1080HD Resolution Transfer.
5.1 DTS Master Audio.
Comments.
I found this Blu ray picture to be a sharp colourful vibrant picture with stunning 5.1 DTS sound & worth upgrading or purchasing on to Blu ray.

Extras.
Deleted Scenes.
Mythology Of The Apes.
The Genius Of Andy Serkis.
Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries.
Scene Breakdown.
Audio Commentaries.
The Great Apes.
Concept Art.
Composing The Score With Patrick Doyle.

Cast.
Andy Serkis as Caesar.
James Franco as Dr. Will Rodman.
Freida Pinto as Caroline Aranha.
John Lithgow as Charles Rodman.
Brian Cox as John Landon.
Tom Felton as Dodge Landon.
David Oyelowo as Steven Jacobs.
Tyler Labine as Robert Franklin.
Jamie Harris as Rodney.
Ty Olsson as Chief John Hamil.
David Hewlett as Douglas Hunsiker.
Karin Konoval as Maurice/Court Clerk.

Trivia.
1)Rise of the Planet of the Apes was an early title for Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
2)Writers Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa credit their son Joe with the idea of the "supplicating gesture" Caesar & the other apes use to establish authority.
3)Charlie Fletcher, a writer friend of Silver & Jaffa, came up with the idea of Caesar riding on horseback, which was similar from the original where Taylor saw a gorilla on horseback during the hunt.
4)Original Apes star Charlton Heston is seen briefly in a clip from The Ten Commandments (1956), watched on television by Rodney.
5)Caesar is seen assembling a toy model of the Statue of Liberty in his attic, in reference to the iconic climax of the first movie.
6)Other references to the original pentalogy center around Dodge Landon, such as repeating Taylor's cries of "It's a madhouse!" and "Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape!", or hosing down Caesar in his cage just as Julius did to Taylor.
7/Throughout the movie, the main plot line is finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease, This is believed to be a reference to Charlton Heston, where he in real life had Alzheimer's before his death, as a tribute to him.
8)Rise was the first Planet of the Apes film since the 1968 original to be nominated for an Academy Award.
9)During the Apes vs. the Humans battle, a Wilhelm Scream can be heard.
10)Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is due for release July 2014.

Plot Synopsis.
Caesar is a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence & emotions from an experimental drug, Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman & a primatologist Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves & imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno.

Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited, He then assembles a simian army & escapes the sanctuary putting man & ape on a collision course in a battle that could change the planet
forever.

Timelord Thoughts.
After the disastrous 2001 reimaging by Tim Burton, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is an reimaging origin story about how the Apes began their rise to power that has links to a man named DR. Will Rodman who is on the verge of curing Alzheimer's & raises an ape named Caesar after his mother dies from animal testing of the drug & who's genes of the cure are passed on by his mothers genes to Caesar.

This film delivers a excellent engaging character driven story that's sees Will Rodman (A excellent James Franco) trying to cure Alzheimers disease so he can cure his father that allows us to relate to the characters actions immediately.

Caesar is played by motion capture actor (Andy Serkis, Gollum, King Kong) who breathes so much life & personality into this ape character as he becomes smarter & is horrified to learn how apes are treated inside there sanctuary & decides to make a stand & lead the apes in a revolt against the humans.

The motion capture is the best to date & the apes look completely real & authentic but none of this would work if it weren't for Andy Serkis outstanding performance as Ceasar who gives a fully rounded character driven performance emulating a range of expressive emotions of happy, sad, upset, hurt, abandoned or angry, Serkis pulls off the character with great aplomb delivering a compelling convincing motion capture performance that is simply mesmerizing throughout.

The action is delvered at the end of the film which echoes Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes were the apes fight back against the humans & capture the ape aggression authentically in some excellent battle scenes which are edgy & at times chilling to watch.

Director Rupert Wyatt keeps the movie tightly plotted & superbly paced building up the character drama before unleashing the all out battle at the end while writers Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa know how write a great origin story, superb dialogue & even drop hints of a viral outbreak for the sequel to expand upon which is due out in 2014.

Overall, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a excellent character driven thought provoking sci-fi movie that delivers a great arousing spectacle battle plus a outstanding motion capture performance by Andy Serkis, yet at it's heart Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has a great story to tell & tells it well.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Planet of the Apes film since 1968, 26 Jun. 2012
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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. Easily the best Planet of the Apes film since, oh, at least 1968 and a terrific movie in its own right as well...

The Bluray comes with an impressive array of extras - two audio commentaries, several featurettes and three trailers and 12 minutes of deleted scenes, but, as is increasingly the fashion, the European DVD version also included is less well-endowed: just two deleted scenes and a couple of featurettes (the US edition didn't even have those!). Nonetheless, a worthwhile purchase for the excellent film itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good films. Food for thought right now!, 10 Oct. 2014
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I first saw the recent "Rise Of ..." on satellite, and thought it was very good. With the new sequel coming, I wanted to watch it again so it was fresh in my mind before seeing the sequel, and when I found this DVD with the original Charlton Heston film included for a very reasonable price, it was a no-brainer.

I very much enjoyed watching the original once again. It is many years since I did so, and it has inevitably aged, but is still nevertheless highly enjoyable, although of course that enjoyment is now limited by the fact that there cannot be many people left on the planet who are in total ignorance of the twist at the end, which was a huge part of this film when it first came out. I was lucky enough to know nothing of the story when I first saw the film, and when you don't know it's coming, the impact and shock of that ending is really huge, and it remains for me one of the greatest cinematic moments, etched indelibly on my memory for ever.

The recent film is a very clever attempt at a prequel, explaining how the rise of the apes began. I was slightly surprised at how clumsy and unreal some of the cgi ape animation looks when given the chance to analyse it a little more thoroughly on a repeat viewing, but this doesn't detract too much from a very good story. I must say too that, given the current news surrounding Ebola and its daily inexorable spread, the ending credits of this film are rather chilling to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky apes, 6 Sept. 2014
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In Rise, we get to know the first Ape - Caesar. Used in experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, Caesar develops way beyond the expected intellect of a normal ape. This is handled well in the film, always highlighting the potential problems for messing with nature and science.

When Caesar's death is ordered due to an experiment going wrong, Will Rodman (played by James Franco), takes him home to live with him.

The inevitable happens and Caesar becomes a threat to society. This is when he's transferred to a sanctuary. Up until this point, I was invested in the story, cared for Caesar's plight and really wanted to see him make it through. But it was at the sanctuary where the film lost me.

While in the sanctuary, Caesar finds himself in the care of a worker who hates apes. The thing is, the worker doesn't seem to have any motivation for hating the apes other than his own inherent cruelty. While this sets up the tension required for the conflict that sees Caesar eventually pop, it makes the sanctuary worker hideously one-dimensional and unbelievable. It was like they'd drafted in a Scooby Doo villain to push the story forwards because they didn't know how else to create conflict.

As the title suggests, the ensuing drama leads to the rise of the planet of the apes.

Were it not for the weak middle this would have been a great film. I'll definitely watch Dawn and hope Draco Malfoy is nowhere to be seen. The annoying thing is, he would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky apes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE 'RISE' TO FREEDOM BEGINS', 31 Aug. 2014
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A female Chimpanzee is captured and taken from it's natural environment becoming a subject of medical
experiment at a U.S institute researching a cure for alzheimer's disease, developing ALZ-112''
It is used on the Chimpanzee in the hope of a medical breakthrough, there are signs that the drug stimulates
the apes normal behaviour, it's intelligence appears enhanced.
The Chimpanzee breaks loose from it's cage and causes havoc, the ape is shot, she dies after giving birth.
The young Chimpanzee is taken home by the scientist 'Will' (James Franco) almost from the word go the
young Chimp 'Caesar' shows signs of advanced awareness and skills way beyond expectation.
'Will's' father has the illness 'Will' has been striving to find a cure for, illegally 'Will' gives his father 'Charles'
the drug ALZ-112'' that had enhanced the apes at the institute, his father responds well, though it is not a
long-term cure, his father has quality in his life again.
As 'Caesar' grows older he wants to join in with the children he can see playing from his window, of course it
is a step too far for the children's parents.
'Will' now with 'Caroline' take 'Caesar' to a local park where the instincts of his forefathers kick-in, however he
is also developing the skills and knowledge of his human surroundings.
What has 'Will' created with the help of his experimental drug ?
'Caesar' begins to want more as he gets older.
Things come to a head when 'Caesar' springs to the defence of 'Will's' father 'Charles' who's condition has now
deteriorated, 'Charles' has tried to drive a neighbours car away causing damage to three vehicles, the owners
of course giving 'Charles' much verbal abuse.....he's tried to protect Charles.
The result of his actions lands 'Caesar' into a compound/zoo with many apes, however, 'Caesar' is somewhat
different from his brethren, surely he will face rejection.
Back at the institute they are now testing the ALZ-113'' on the Chimps the team are working with.
Back at the Zoo, 'Caesar' is beginning to communicate with the other apes in the compound, however he has yet
to come to terms with what he see's as being abandoned by 'Will' who he'd grown up around.
'Caesar' is beginning to unite the apes at the zoo, he is planning to escape to freedom with his new friends.
The dye is cast, its the Rise of the Planet of the Apes.........'Caesar' has kept a secret from his friend 'Will'...Speech.
A great prequel to what has gone before and indeed is yet to come.
Many of us remember fondly the film and TV series of the late 60's and into the 70's as good as they were, todays
films of course have the benefit of advanced technology.
Special Features -
* Deleted Scenes
* Mythology of the Apes
* The Genius of 'Andy Serkis'
* Breaking Motion-Capture Boundries
* Scene Breakdown
* Audio Commentaries
* The Great Apes
* Character Concept art-gallery
* Composing the Score with 'Patrick Doyle'
* Triple-play Blu-ray plus DVD and Digital Copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAESAR IS HOME, 7 Sept. 2013
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The first thing I wondered was how 300 Spartan apes could defeat the combined armed forces of the world and 8 billion or so humans. The movie never takes us to that point. This movie begs for a comparison to the original series as they borrow lines from it. I enjoy this aspect of remakes, but if you have never seen the original you may not be hip to them. The first thing I caught was the first chimp was called "bright eyes" a nicknamed the apes gave to Charlton Heston. The chimp's subsequent escape was similar to the one by Heston. Caesar was the name of the smart ape in the POTA series and likewise his first ever spoken word was "no." A hose was used to punish the ape like it was used on Heston. Two of Heston's lines were spoken by the "jailer." "It's a madhouse!" and "Take your sticking paws off me you..." James Franciscus played in Beneath the Planet of the Apes and James Franco starred in this one and the movie is set in San Francisco. (I am running out of similarities.)

In the original series apes were bred to be pets because a virus had wiped out dogs and cats. This movie uses a virus to make apes smart. Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) plays an excellent "Sean Penn" sadistic punk "jailer" who we all want to see die. (Forgive me, but I think he can act better than Radcliffe.) James Franco and Frieda Pinto were less stellar in their starring roles than was Heston or McDowell. Of course if they wrote them some decent lines...

The apes in this, from what I could tell, were CG and not as life-like as British actors with make-up. The CG baby chimp was perhaps the worst of the lot. Fortunately that didn't last but a few minutes in movie time. During the ape-human conflicts I thought a hip-hop/rap soundtrack i.e. "stick it to the man" type of music would have worked better, (I was humming Eminem) although the producers were most likely afraid of a possible back lash.

The movie was good, but the rave reviews are hyped. Four and a half stars at the most.

No f-bombs, no sex, no nudity, no ape privates showing, no blood splattering, no Linda Harrison running around in a loin cloth. Violence, killing, and use of the word "damn."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Peasants are Revolting!, 21 Dec. 2011
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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. The ape, Caesar played superbly by Andy Serkis (if you need a man in an ape suit, he's your man), grows physically and intellectually, and with the help of Franco's drugs quickly becomes the most intelligent creature in the house. Ironically, the reverse happens to John Lithgow and that's where the trouble starts.

We move now from 'The Wonder Years' to 'The Shawshank Redemption' as Caesar faces his version of jail, run by an apathetic Brian Cox and his bullying warders. Watch out for Draco Malfoy proving there is life outside Hogwarts. Humans at this point begin to take second place to the apes as we see Caesar begin to take control of the situation and the film.

There are some wonderful homages to the the original film 'get your hands off me you filthy ape!' and the story whips along without dawdling anywhere. Humans in the main are portrayed as their own dark destroyer, but looking for someone else to blame. The prejudices of the original are reversed here as we learn how Heston's future earth is born. You can draw your own conclusions as to whether the apes take over, or the humans hand it over.

PS The sub-plot involving the accidental creation of an epidemic seems more pertinent now due to the recent new bulletin about Dutch scientists doing exactly the same thing in Holland.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm surprised so many rate this film highly and call it an intelligent film. It's only intelligent if you have zero ..., 29 Aug. 2014
There are too many cliches in this film, and the depiction of how drug development and testing is done is quite farcical. Moreover, while the discovery of a cure for Alzheimer's is feasible, a total recovery the very next day is just plain ridiculous. I'm surprised so many rate this film highly and call it an intelligent film. It's only intelligent if you have zero understanding of scientific development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "He thinks he's special or something...", 1 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Rise of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The 1968 Planet of the Apes film remains one of my favourite of all time - and probably always will. It spawned a dodgy follow-up and three more thought-provoking (though often underrated) sequels. After the disappointment of the 2001 remake (sorry Tim, "re-imagining") I was feeling pretty sceptical about this pseudo-prequel. The truth is that this isn't a de-facto prequel to the existing series of films, instead it's the start of a fresh reboot and covers similar grounds to the "Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes [DVD]" where we see the initial stages of apes challenging the authority of man. My concerns were pretty unfounded however, this is a well-conceived and well-executed piece of cinema.

'Rise' manages to stand on its own while also recognising the '68 classic (and the subsequent films of the original franchise) through subtle references such as the Icarus Space mission, and more direct links - the most obvious being the re-use of *that* line - this time delivered by Tom 'Malfoy' Fenton who gets the privilege of yelling at a damn dirty ape. The set-up has the potential to be lazily cheesy as we see a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer's, which his dad also happens to be suffering from, but instead of taking the standard, overly sentimental approach we get a well-developed story which is emotionally engaging on a mature level. The most visible break from any other 'Apes films is the use of CGI instead of prosthetics to create the chimpanzees and they are incredibly good. At times they are clearly computer generated but then again the apes from the original films were obviously humans in suits! Once your eye gets used to the look they appear quite natural, the visual effects really bring the apes to life and they are very expressive, the eyes are perfect and not the 'dead' eyes you see in so many other CGI creations. Caesar in particular is full of personality and his obvious intelligence means that his incarceration is heart-breaking to watch as he asks/signs to convey that he wants to go home. A lot of effort has gone into convincing us that Caesar is real and it's not long before you believe he is, his mannerisms look realistic and appear to be a blend of chimpanzee and human to reflect how his origins contrast with his humanlike upbringing, and the direction his kind are headed. It's a difference which makes him superior to other chimps - it makes him a natural leader.

Instead of relying on tenuous events to kickstart an ape revolution the film carefully develops all aspects of the plot to make sure that everything is in place to begin the whole saga - once the film ends you will understand how the apes became intelligent and realise what will cause the downfall of humankind. The final scenes are action packed and a visual spectacle, but Rise Of The Planet of The Apes isn't built around a few minutes of action and consists of a genuinely compelling watch which never loses pace. The first time we see an ape stand up to its human aggressor and shout "no" feels iconic, this film is creating its own moments of cinema history rather than jumping on a bandwagon.

The Blu-Ray looks superb, individual hairs look amazing - and that's just on James Franco! Small details look clear and movement looks fluid, this is a film which definitely benefits from high-definition. My only criticism would be that the apes sometimes look 'too' clear - but it's barely even a niggle worth mentioning. Colours are crisp and the film captures a fairly realistic look and is mainly set indoors so neutral tones, domestic clutter or plain surroundings are often seen and they look photo-realistic. Outdoor scenes seem to have boosted saturation and it looks great with lush green foliage looking bright and natural against some of the more drab surroundings. As you'd expect from a film with almost constant CGI, there are some interesting bonus features included which delve into how the look was achieved. Andy Serkis is synonymous with motion capture technology and rightly features on the disk in several of the documentaries. The extras tend to be quite short but there's enough here to show the creative talent and the respect to the original movies behind one of the best films of 2011.

In a nutshell: A film worthy of the Planet of The Apes 'brand'. We empathise with the intelligent Caesar and watching him develop a sense of self-awareness allows to see the germ of revolution grow alongside an opportunity to act. This may be a reboot leading into a fresh series of films but it also complements what has come before it and it respectfully acknowledges them. I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could - but I can't, on balance I'm sticking my neck out for 5, it may not be as iconic as the original '68 film but then again very few are, it could have been slightly more thought provoking but it's still a stimulating watch which covers all bases and establishes a very strong foundation for any subsequent titles.
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