January 2, 2012

Review – Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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With great CGI effects and character development of the protagonist chimp, this rebooted prequel  makes for a excellent choice for “Planet of the Apes” fans and newcomers alike.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” takes place in modern day San Francisco and re-tells the story of how the apes began their rise to usurp human beings as our role as the dominating species on Earth. The movie explains how primates achieved higher mental capabilities and suggests how the humans were wiped out to dwindling numbers, where the 1968 film “Planet of the Apes” picks up. While there are some plot holes, the film is well done and does a good job in doing this.

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The CGI work was amazing. While the audience was well aware these are not REAL chimps, the CGI was so well done that you could not help but forget. The effects work on the primates was also well done and by the middle of the movie, I had totally forgotten they were CGI altogether. The detail of the eyes of the apes, as well as their expressions and personality, was quite impressive. Caesar, the main chimp on campus, was quite believably.. human. You smiled with him, laughed with him, got angry along with him and in the end, even rooted for him (somehow I felt as if I betrayed the human race by doing this)

The story line was well done with an excellent pace. There was really no boring parts of the movie. Audience members who are familiar with the 1968 film, will be engrossed in the explanations of the events leading up to “Planet of the Apes”. Although this is not the first prequel to the movie (Link: Escape / Conquest / Battle for the Planet of the Apes), this definitely sums everything up quite nicely in 1 hour 45 mins. Movie purists may not like the fact that it may not 100% shadow the story line of the previous prequel movies, but I find it to be quite refreshing.

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(Good times.. Good times..)

The only thing that was a bit weak was the chemistry between Will (James Franco) and Caroline (Freida Pinto) and between Will and his father (John Lithgow). While individual performances was good, I didn’t find myself feeling the relationship between boyfriend and girlfriend and between father and son. Although, this minor dent was of no consequence since Caesar ended up stealing the show.

Bottom line: Go see this movie! The culture in you will love the connection to the 1968 film, as well as the character development and the spike (geek) in you will love the effects and action.

Once you go see it, please comment and share your review.

 

PS: People who see the movie and insist on the whole “No matter how many chimps there are we would just gun them down.. so they could never wipe us out” thing.. Just ask yourself, what happened to Tyler? (and link that with the “Contagion” preview that you saw during the trailers.. it wasn’t there for nothing)

 

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