Rise of the Planet of the Apes Movie Reviews

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: Jun 24, 2011

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    What a great film! Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a remake of the original Planet of the Apes film. This movie did for Planet of the Apes what The Dark Knight did for Batman. It was a dark remake and really a totally different movie all together. This film stars James Franko, who is a scientist looking for a cure to Alzhiemers. His cure ends up having a side effect of actually improving brain function, which is the catalyst behind making these apes smarter. The science behind the film is great and made sense and actually made the film better. The CGI was also amazing. The apes looked so real that I couldn’t tell which apes were real and which were fake. The movie builds up for the sequel for sure, which was a little disappointing because it didn’t truely “end.” Going into the movie I didn’t know that it was going to end like this. Great movie though.
  • 4
    The new Planet of the Apes film is a remake (one of a few remakes) of the classic Planet of the Apes movie from many years ago. I believe the original starred Charlton Heston. Unlike the original, this remake was not “campy” what so ever. It had a very serious tone almost like this type of thing could really happen. This film was the beginning of what seems to be a trilogy, hence the name Rise of the Planet of the Apes. There was a very scientific theme to the film, which made it very cool to watch. The best part of the film was the graphics. I couldn’t believe how real the apes looked. Apparently, they used real actors and used computer graphics to plant the ape look on top of the actors. Very cool. The movie ended a little abruptly but I think that is because it is just building up to the next movie in the trilogy. Overall, I very much enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone.
  • 4
    I really loved this film and I salute the director for doing such a great job with such a known film. I was expecting a re-do of the old film but the director created a whole new film, hence the name “Rise of the planet of the Apes”. The film had amazing visuals and it also had heart and purpose and I truly cared what will happen to Ceazar, actually I cared about the apes more than humans. I also loved that the film was shot in San Francisco, it is my city and it was amazing to see it in a film. Overall, it is a great film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters.
  • 4
    I expected this CGI-heavy sci-fi thriller to be good and I was not disappointed. John Lithgow's performance of the aging dad with Alzheimer's was heartrending and the ending is, in a word, open-ended. I loved the many nods to the theme's original Planet of the Apes movie too. Anticipate at least a couple of sequels.
  • 4
    I really liked this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film was really interesting and it was also really sad at times. I know it is embarassing to admit, but I cried during this film, it was so sad for me to see those apes being treated so badly. I swear my boyfriend thought that I am insane to cry over that, but it is hard for me to see animals being mistreated, even if those animals are computer generated. The film was amazing and I was glued to the screen throughout the entire film. The movie was a perfect length and I could not believe the quality of the special effects, it is truly mind-blowing.
  • 2
    I watched The Rise of the Planet of The Apes. It had a different plot from the original so; I don’t think it was very good because I feel that the classic movies were defiled. The movie itself might be interesting if the title didn’t associate itself with the original Planet of the Apes movies. In this version, the apes get their intelligence through some new drug being made to cure Alzheimer’s. They gain control of the drug and declare war on the humans. Although there is a small number of them (100 or so), they escape into the wild (a park) and the story ends. So, now we have a bunch of smart violent apes that are warring with humans so – where do the Ape servants from the original plot fit in? They don’t!
  • 4
    I had a blast watching this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film is extremely entertaining, it is smart and thrilling and the CGI in this film is absolutely mind-blowing, those apes looked real and intelligent and that is scary. I was truly emotionally invested in this film and really cared what will happen to the characters and the apes. The apes definitely stole the show from the humans in this film, I think that the filmmakers were so invested in creating a believable ape that they forgot about their real actors a little bit. Overall, the film is intense, it is full of drama and I truly had a very good time watching this film.
  • 4
    This is a film that is directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto. I really liked this film and i highly recommend seeing it in theaters. The film was not too long, it was interesting and had great effects that were not overwhelming and nicely incorporated into the film. The apes looked phenomenal and I could not believe that they were not real, it was very impressive. I have never seen the original film and i can not compare the two, but i really liked this one and i think that even the fans of the original movie will like this film. Overall, I think that the film was great and I had a great time watching it.
  • 3
    If you've seen the Tim Burton Planet of the Apes remake, you'll be forgiven for thinking that this prequel was going to be just as bad. I did. But this film is actually very good, surprisingly good. And not in a dumb, summer movie kind of way. Yes, it's a summer movie, but it's a lot smarter than most, and has one of the best performances of the year...even if it is a CG chimp.

    James Franco plays Will Rodman, a scientist creating a drug that might cure Alzheimer's. He has a vested interest, as his dad has the disease. He becomes the adoptive father of a genius baby chimp, dubbed Caesar. Caesar grows up to be smarter than most apes, but he's still an ape at heart, and when he gets into trouble ends up at a chimp rescue that's more like a prison, which, of course, leads to the rise of the title.

    There's a surprising amount of heart in this film, and most of that comes from Andy Serkis. Serkis played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, and again does his mo-cap best as Caesar. His facial expression are really and deeply felt, but never feel computer generated. Franco does a fine job as Rodman, taking things seriously and never seeming like he's acting opposite a non-existent ape. It's a good restart to a series that really need a good reboot. Luckily, it got more than I was expecting.

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