Rise of the Planet of the ApesAugust 5, 2011
Eight years of being raised by humans and now left behind in an abusive sanctuary, a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee will lead a revolution of apes towards freedom from man's torturous exploitation.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 7.7/10 (135,487 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
At the story's heart is Caesar (
Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
(as Chris Gordon)
Evolution Becomes Revolution
Release Date: 5 August 2011
Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $54,806,191
(7 August 2011)
(10 November 2011)
Did You Know?
One of the first feature films to use motion-capture in a so-called 'on location' setting. Previously, motion-capture was limited to special studio set up with special motion-capture cameras in very clearly defined surroundings.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
After the Golden Gate fight scene, all the police cars are shut up, smashed and on fire. Will gets in one that was right in the middle of the mayhem, yet it is unscratched. – There's no guarantee that everything would sustain damage despite how unlikely it would be.
[administering chimp intelligence test]
Okay, okay. Here you go. And let's go again.
[gives Bright Eyes treat and clocks timer]
Which one's this? Number nine?
Yeah, this is number nine. Bright Eyes, we call her. Are you watching this? This is unbelievable.
[Bright Eyes does the tower fast]
Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
[grabs treat and eats it]
How many moves was that?
The most emotional Planet of the Apes film.
To sum it up, a very powerful film falling just short of being a
masterpiece. However, the only flaw in the film is that the film could
have been just a bit longer! I am really hoping for a director's cut
because there should have been a few more character development scenes
between father and son, boyfriend and girlfriend, and even Ape and
Human. I felt the movie was paced a bit too quickly but nevertheless,
still contains very fleshed out characters driven by excellent
performances throughout, from Lithgow, to Franco, to Cox and especially
by Andy Serkis.
Cesar is by far the best animated character in the history of cinema.
His facial expressions tell it all! You feel his rage, his fear, and
his child like innocence through his wonderfully animated eyes. Not
only is the C.G.I. good, but the character is written very well in
general. You will go through all of those emotions yourself as you
witness his journey. All I can say is that I now know why I try to walk
my dog without a leash as much as possible. This movie just confirmed
it for me! Through the film, you will understand what Cesar is feeling
and why. The invisible character of the film is humanity itself, and at
times, feels like a study of human nature.
Plot wise, it is very well told. I thought there was nothing cheesy
about the script, although not as intelligent as the original, but not
dumb either. There is some science fiction in the film, and other than
the experimental drug, there was some other surprising Science fiction
plot elements in it too which might lead into the sequel; if there is
one of course, and I think there will be.
For the skeptics who think the film would be cheesy seeing all the apes
battle armed policemen then think again. I too, was a bit skeptical at
first, wondering how the apes would defeat an entire police force, but
when you watch the film your doubts would dissipate. Just remember the
physical ability of apes and how powerful the apes are, and how much
more powerful they would be if they had brains! The action was very
good, but as good as it was, I'd trade it in for more plot development.
There were a bit too many plot jumps in the last 30 minutes, but all in
all, it was directed very, very well. Coupled with a good score, mellow
at times, but highly dramatic which heightens the tension. Speaking of
tension, there is a lot of it in this film. If you're an animal lover
like I am, then be warned; You will be in tears 30 seconds into the
I also wanted to mention the original film even though it's tough to
compare the two. This is an origins story that actually makes the
original better. The original was more about the plot than the
characters and they each stand apart and alone with their own merits
and flaws. It was nice to see a few homages to the old classic, and
don't be surprised if you see a character from the original as well. I
highly doubt this film will disappoint the fans of the original and TV
series! It will have you climbing trees!