Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – 8/10 science fiction adventure movie

Cast / crew
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writer: Rick Jaffa
Writer: Amanda Silver
Producer: Peter Chernin
Producer: Dylan Clark
Producer: Rick Jaffa
Producer: Amanda Silver
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisor: Dan Lemmon
James Franco: Will Rodman
Freida Pinto: Caroline Aranha
John Lithgow: Charles Rodman
Brian Cox: John Landon
Tom Felton: Dodge Landon
David Oyelowo: Steven Jacobs
Andy Serkis: Ape: Caesar

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

After five years of testing his latest anti-Alzheimer’s formula on chimps, scientist Will Rodman is ready to go to the next stage: human trials. Not only does it reverse the affects of Alzheimer’s but, on a normal brain, it increases intelligence. A disastrous presentation to the board, however, leaves him without a project, without credibility, without funding but with a baby chimp, Caesar, who has inherited the formula from it’s mother.


This is a good movie which hopes that a couple of significant plot holes and Hollywood-isms will be forgiven among the outstanding technical achievement (Andy Serkis and Weta Digital) and compelling coming-of-age story well disguised as a mad scientist / prison escape movie. Having a highly relatable core (Caesar matures into an independent soul and leaves his familial home) gives the movie something solid to build on while Andy Serkis and Weta Digital’s work as Caesar (building on ILM’s Davy Jones in POTC: Dead Man’s Chest) gives the movie endlessly impressive visuals and character. P.S.: I was very happy to see that humankind wasn’t wiped out by Caesar in any way and there isn’t a twist ending.

This movie contains violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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