Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Directed by   
Rupert Wyatt


JDirected by   
Rupert Wyatt

James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis

This PotA episode is more like the 72 film Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,  though in truth is not alike enough to be a remake.  So it may be that this version from 2011 is more a  total reboot of the series.  
Instead of being the new working class as in the old series (sweep  Caesar) these apes are from medical experiment subjects that become smarter due in part from an intervention by  Caesar who inherited his advanced iq from his test subject mother.  (though how she got that way and how she managed to keep it hid is beyond me) 

As Caesar ages he witnesses human cruelty  and eventually fights back after escaping and releasing other apes.  (there seems to be a lot of experimental apes in San Francisco) But is also helped by a rampant fast moving deadly infection that seems to kill most of the world’s humans.

The movie goes fast add in some fast moving battles.

However in the end you still have cgi apes, with humans doing the initial acting and then have the pes drawn over.  Visually it really isn’t too bad and the apes are at least believable.  

But conversation is a bit difficult.  And the extras are non existent.

You can read the Wiki review here

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