August 3, 2011
Dr Will Rodman (James Franco) is an ingenious scientist who works for the pharmaceutical company Gen Sys, developing an innovative treatment for Alzheimer, ALZ 112. Charles (John Lithgow), Will’s father, is a patient with the Alzheimer disease, and this is one more good reason for Will Rodman to find the new medicine. But, as it is said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions…
Laboratory animal Number Nine, is a female monkey that has taken ALZ 112. Scientific personnel at Gen Sys call her Bright Eyes because, after she is exposed to the drug her eyes have a green sparkle. Furthermore ALZ 112 made her more social and smarter than the rest apes in the lab. Dr Rodman and his boss Steve Jacobs (David Oyelowo), believe that ALZ 112 is ready for the market and decide to present it to the board of the company. But on the day of the presentation, Bright Eyes exhibits a highly aggressive behavior, and the security guards shoot and kill her. Inside her cage, Will found a newborn baby ape, and takes it to his home, to save his life from euthanasia. You see, after that disastrous presentation, the board instructed the end of the experiments with ALZ 112 and the termination of all the apes.
Caesar (that’s the name of the ape) is not the only one that gets in Will’s home. As time passed, Caesar became more and more intelligent and Charles condition got worse. Will, filled with desperation, stole some ALZ 112 from the labs and decides to use it on his father. At first, everything seemed to go better.
Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of the end for the humankind…
Our impressions and movie review:
The movie “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” surprised me, because I didnot believe that this new movie would be better that the one filmed by Tim Burton on 2001. But it really is! Moreover, this film has an entirely new approach to the history of the Planet of the Apes.
This is a movie with emotional moments. We watch Caesar grow up, we understand in-depth his character and his reaction to each new situation. The writers of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” give us much food for thought and pass messages both with the behavior of people and the behavior of apes.
The beginning of the film is a sort of medical or psychological thriller, where we see the conditions in the Gen Sys with the laboratory animals, Caesar building up and completing his personality, entering adulthood and interacting with different types of people. All these are done in a truly impressive way, that many successful authors of psychological thrillers would be proud of. The great job, done by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver with the movie script, must have been appreciated by James Cameron, who hired them to help him as writers for the sequel movies of Avatar.
The second part of the film is full of action scenes, as the Rise of the Apes begins. Yet, the screenwriters and the director are trying to keep the balance, and they manage it quite well. This part of the movie has more in common, or if you prefer, this movie lays the foundation for Planet of the Apes as we are familiar with from the previous films.
Particular mention should be made for the amazing Special Effects and the unique acting of Andy Serkis as Caesar – yes, once again Serkis brings to “life” a character with the help of performance capture. James Franco probably gives one of the best performances of his career and the dynamic comeback of the great John Lithgow to the big screen, is definitely another plus. Enjoy “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in DVD or VOD, and remember that soon follows the rest of the story in “the Dawn of Planet of the Apes”.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – 2011 – Trailer (greek subs)
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Andy Serkis – Caesar
Karin Konoval – Maurice / Court Clerk
Terry Notary – Rocket / Bright Eyes
Richard Ridings – Buck
Christopher Gordon – Koba
Devyn Dalton – Cornelia
Jay Caputo – Alpha
James Franco – Will Rodman
Freida Pinto – Caroline Aranha
John Lithgow – Charles Rodman
Brian Cox – John Landon
Tom Felton – Dodge Landon
David Oyelowo – Steven Jacobs
Tyler Labine – Robert Franklin
Jamie Harris – Rodney
Ty Olsson – Chief John Hamil
David Hewlett – Hunsiker
Kevin O’Grady – Animal Control Officer #1
Sean Tyson – Animal Control Officer #2
Leah Gibson – Party Girl #1
Tracy Spiridakos – Party Girl #2
Production Companies and Distributors:
Twentieth Century Fox
Big Screen Productions
Ingenious Film Partners
Dune Entertainment III