Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Having a partner who is obsessed (and making me obsessed) with Sci-Fi, I have been schooled in the Planet of the Apes (PotA) franchise. And for the connoseiurs, this includes the ill-fated PotA TV series.

I was interested to see what the James Franco version of the film would do with the franchise. Bring on the origin story!

In an attempt to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, a drug is formed that makes the chimps smart as mo-fos with a thirst for freedom. The main character of the film is not human. Chimp Caesar has been raised from birth, living as a child or pet with humans. He wears clothes, has his own bedroom. His owners have taught him to sign.

When he gets out trying to save a member of the family he is taken into custody. And so begins Caesar’s realisation that he is a pet in the eyes of humans (or worse). He is smart, methodical and can communicate. He learns to exist in the animal world and so begins the core of the film.

I won’t post spoilers. But suffice to say, I was so enthralled I could not look away. Rise of the PotA is fantastic! The animal sequences seem so real. Each character has a clear motive and is easily relateable. It gets an enthusiastic five stars from me!

Post by: rachaelryan





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