Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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In 1968, the Planet of the Apes series began as a cult classic and this summer we are taken bake to the beginning – the very beginning – in the action, sci-fi film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Will Rodman (James Franco) is a genetic scientist living in San Francisco who is trying to invent a drug to combat Alzheimer’s disease that has infected his dad Charles (John Lethcow). Will tests a drug that he invents called ALZ112 on a chimpanzee named Bright Eyes but when she becomes angry and fights her handlers she is killed. Little did they know, she was protecting a baby that was just born and when the drug experiment is shut down the baby chimp has no place to go. Will names the baby chimp Caesar and takes him home with him and his girlfriend Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto) to raise. As Caesar (Andy Serkis) grows up his intelligence is extremely noticeable to Will but circumstances force Will to send Cesar to an animal facility. The shelter houses all primates and when Caesar helps the other Apes gain their intelligence and escape the battle is on. (In fact, battle is the first word in one of the Planet of the Apes films) This film is much better then I or most people expected. It is emotional, clever, thought provoking and has a powerful ending. James Franco is superb and the rest of the people in the cast do an adequate job for what is asked of them. (Okay, maybe some of the monkeys acting may be a little better than some humans and they’re even computer graphics.) Andy Serkis, the one person in the cast pretending to be an Ape, does an outstanding job bringing complex emotion to a primate. The script has a great foundation for another movie and even I can see there is going to be another one coming. We all know how the story ends but with such an intriguing story you can just sit back and eat your bananas and enjoy the ride. This is going to be the surprise hit of the summer and I’m giving it a B+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG=13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.