Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Movie Review

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2011 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
105 minutes /

User Score: 43/100

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Review


A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) is an American science fiction action film that is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series by 20th Century Fox. Director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist (2008), The Gambler (2014), Get the Picture (2004)) did not have much experience in the movie industry but did an incredible job executing his third full-length movie. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver did an excellent piece of work on the screenplay and had worked together on Jurassic World (2015), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and Rise of the Planet In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

Will Rodman ( James Franco - 127 Hours (2010), This Is the End (2013), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004)) is a scientist that is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease at the San Francisco biotech company Gen-Sys. He is testing ALZ-112, which is a viral-based drug that was administered to Bright Eyes, who is a chimpanzee. Bright Eyes intelligence increased drastically but was sadly killed after she went on a rampage when she was forced to leave her cage. Will’s boss Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo - Interstellar (2014), Selma (2014), Jack Reacher (2012)) terminated the project and told them to euthanized all of the chimps. Will’s assistant Robert Franklin ( Tyler Labine - Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010), Monsters University (2013), Reaper (2007)) found an infant chimp that Bright Eyes had recently given birth to. They named the baby chimp, Caesar (voice-over by Andy Serkis - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Prestige (2006)) and Will decides to raise Caesar because inherited his mother’s intelligence.

Will takes Caesar to the redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument three years later, and Caesar saw a dog on a leash like himself. Caesar then questioned his identity resulting in Will telling him about his origins. After a few events - A new drug called the ALZ-113 is developed. It is supposed to be more powerful than the last drug and was tested on Koba (voice by Christopher Gordon - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), X-Men 2 (2003), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), I, Robot (2004)) who is also a chimpanzee. Caesar got his hands on a canisters of ALZ-113 and released the gas amongst other apes resulting in the other apes intelligence to be enhanced. What we see next is the non-stop action that was beautifully executed with excellent special effects and cinematography.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes excels in all areas/departments and could not have done better and with that said, I gave this movie a solid nine. The movie is way better than I expected as the apes fighting scenes with the humans are so realistic and mesmerizing making this an amazingly entertaining film. All of the actors performances, CGI and voice overs were top notch quality. I love that this film paid homages to some of the original Apes films including a scene playing the original “Planet Of The Apes” in the background on a TV. There was also references to the third installment, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) and other minor homages that should not be missed. I was speechless while and after viewing the final showdown between the apes and humans as it was touching, thrilling - all sort of emotion was running through me. The apes look like they are not computer generated images, realistic as can be and most people with minor movie design knowledge will think that the apes are people in costumes. Do not take off the movie when the credits start rolling, there is a surprise after the credits that most of you will not want to miss.

About Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

Title: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Original Title: Caesar, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, Genesis: Apes, Planet of the Apes: Genesis, Rise of the Apes
Year: 2011
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.1/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Ty Olsson, Terry Notary, Mike Dopud, Chris Shields, Dean Redman, Karin Konoval, David Hewlett, James Franco, Adrian Hough, Michael Kopsa, David Richmond-Peck, Jay Caputo, Chelah Horsdal, James Pizzinato, Sean Tyson, John Lithgow, Luc Roderique, Leah Gibson, Trevor Jones, Tyler Labine, Timothy Webber, Jesse Reid, Kyle Riefsnyder, Panou, Devyn Dalton, Richard Ridings, Scott Lang, Frédéric North
Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle
Director: Rupert Wyatt