Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Year of Release: 2011

Genre: Science Fiction

Related to/Remake of: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (sequel), War for the Planet of the Apes (sequel)

Directed By: Rupert Wyatt

Music By: Patrick Doyle

Starring: Andy Serkis (as Caesar), James Franco (as Dr. William “Will” Rodman), Freida Pinto (as Caroline Aranha), John Lithgow (as Charles Rodman), Brian Cox (as John Landon), Karin Konoval (as Maurice), Terry Notary (as Rocket), Tom Felton (as Dodge Landon), David Oyelowo (as Steven Jacobs), Richard Ridings (as Buck), Tyler Labine (as Robert Franklin), and Jamie Harris (as Rodney)

Basic Plot: An orphaned baby ape is rescued from a scientific research center by a scientist who decides to raise him while continuing his experimentation on a new drug that could possibly cure Alzheimer’s disease.  Although the drug doesn’t achieve the desired results with humans, it has an interesting effect on apes: increased intelligence rivaling that of people themselves.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: Some incredible special effects combined with great motion capture work from real actors and actresses (particularly Andy Serkis as Caesar) combine to make entirely realistic apes.  An interesting non-evolutionary explanation for the why the apes from the older films have advanced intelligence, etc.  A good script with excellent acting work from all involved.

Cons: Some may complain about the sneering villainy of Tom Felton’s character.