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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- Director: Rupert Wyatt
- Release Date: Aug 2011
- Run Time: 120
- Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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“Rise” is a pretty interesting film as it portrays humankind’s penchant for anthropomorphizing our pets into human-savvy entities who share our wisdom as well as our penchant for violence. When it comes to apes, the connections between human and our hairy counterparts are visually so appealing as to be irrefutable. Such is the case with this extension of Schaffner’s “Planet of the Apes” that starred Charlton Heston (1968) which reverses the classic where the apes are evaluating the humans.
In “Rise” James Franco plays the concerned scientist who creates a serum for Alzheimer treatment designed specifically for his sick father, Charles (John Lithgow). One of Franco’s surrogate patients is an ape who goes mad on the wacky sauce. But the young scientist and his Dad adopt the ape’s baby, who we come to know as Caesar. Caesar is a typical ape but he seems much like the rest of the human family as he sits quietly at dinner and seems to have his own thoughts.
As we anticipated, Caesar grows up over 8 years. He has superhuman strength and a problem with authority. Soon he is penalized for his outrageous behavior and falls in with some bad apples and the rampaging apes end up terrorizing the city.
The special effects are balanced well. An apes-gone-wild film could easily have tried to outdo “Avatar”. The exotic can over inspire creative talents. Lead actor Franco as the center staged human wasn’t in any danger of being overplayed by the comely Caesar.
“Rise” is entertaining on its own merits. San Francisco is an amazing film venue no matter what the theme. Rampaging apes on the Golden Gate Bridge was quite a spectacular climax. If you have the extra jingles in your pocket to spend in the theater, you’re surely not going to resent having taken this one in on the big screen.