At the story’s heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug’s creator, Will Rodman (James Franco) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary – putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever.
Quite a revitalization of a long-suffering franchise. The visuals are excellent (the performance capture in particular, thanks in no small part to the mastery of the legendary Andy Serkis) and the cast and score are very good. The writers have reworked the themes and plot of Boulle's text into the new storyline and characters in an intriguing manner but without the philosophical and emotional heft of the 1968 film. The action definitely helps a lot, especially the excellent climax at the bridge.
User 2 Review:
Rise of the planet of the apes is the first in a trilogy of the remake of Planet of the Apes 2011. As a reboot, it does a good job of laying the foundation of the next two movies, the CGI is good, and the characters are engaging, there are a few scenes that are a bit confusing, such as when the vet girl friend apparently doesn't realize that the exceptionally talented ape Caesar has been genetically modified by experiments from her boyfriend, the "oh how could you' moment is a bit unbelievable, and some of the scenes are a bit predictable. But the unique flip of roles in a scene in this movie borrowed from the classic "Planet of the Apes" is very creative and fun to watch. Over all it falls way short of the sheer genius of the original but an enjoyable movie. 3 stars.
User 3 Review:
While the visuals are fairly impressive, they pale in comparison to the effects the sequels achieved. The pacing and story are very immersive and Andy Serkis completely owns the role of Caesar, however, the human element, ironically is far less interesting than the story of the apes and the film picks up greatly by the second act.