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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Movie

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Release Date: August 5th, 2011
Release Date: 11th August, 2011

Running Time: 105 Mins

Synopsis: During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.


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About the Movie

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt. The film stars James Franco and Andy Serkis. It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series. It is intended to act as a foundation with its own origin story for a new film series. Its premise is similar to the fourth film in the original series, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but it is not a direct remake in that it does not fit into that series’ continuity. It was released in the United States, Canada and India on August 5, 2011.

Movie Reviews

Movie Review from

The game-changing success of Star Wars tends to wipe away the memory of earlier science-fiction franchises, but before George Lucas signed with 20th Century Fox, the studio's premier property was Planet Of The Apes. Based on La Planète Des Singes, a French novel by Pierre Boulle, the 1968 movie — a mix of Flash Gordon fantasy-action and comic-book Swiftian satire — spun off sequels (little-known trivia fact: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was a pre-production title for the last of the original series, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes), TV series, comics, lunch-boxes, masks, action figures etc.

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A decade has passed since Tim Burton's Planet Of The Apes reimagining – time enough not just to upgrade its old-school prosthetics with photorealistic CG hominids, but also to learn from its mistakes. In thrall to his 1968 inspiration, Burton produced an inferior copy that, rather like Mark Wahlberg's character Leo, didn't seem to have a single idea in its head. Rupert Wyatt's reboot-slash-prequel rights that immediately by being about something: animal testing, nature versus nurture, the perils of DNA tinkering.

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As its title suggests, Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes is intended to lay the foundation for a new franchise of sci-fi flicks in which humans and super-intelligent apes battle for earthly supremacy. Its duty, then, is to explain, within the span of two hours and with a modicum of credulity, how exactly our simian friends might come to supplant us atop the animal kingdom. The scenario was at least partially addressed in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

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Like the birds, the apes can be pretty scary when they get organised. That's what these opposable-thumb-possessors have got their hearts set on in this prequel to the 1968 Charlton Heston classic Planet of the Apes and its successors. It's a smart and highly entertaining popcorn thriller from British-born director Rupert Wyatt, cheerfully satirical in the tradition of this movie series, yet unpretentious at the same time.

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This stand-alone prequel to Franklin J Schaffner's 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and primates. Aficionados will note that the plot echoes elements of 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes' (1972), the fourth movie in an already etiolated series.

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My reflex was to cringe when thinking of another movie in the Apes franchise (thanks, Tim Burton). Luckily this movie was like brushing my teeth after a long night of boozing and carousing, fresh and ready to greet the day. Although the CG started out a little shaky, Andy Serkis and his motion capture work quickly won me over as Caesar aged. I completely forgot I wasn't watching a real ape take everything over.

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Alienating reams of visual effects. Nervous, join-the-dots screenwriting. Too many superheroes. This won't go down as a vintage year for summer escapism — often, it's the movies themselves you might have been tempted to flee. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of the small handful of pictures — Justin Lin's hot-rod thriller Fast Five was another — that you can feasibly imagine watching again, because it's built on sound enough foundations to last.

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'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Stars

Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Freida Pinto, James Franco, John Lithgow, Rupert Wyatt, Tom Felton

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Movie Links

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One Comment on “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

  1.   Dexter said on August 29th, 2011:

    While this one is better than the Tim Burton remake, I wanted to like this version a lot but walked out somewhat under impressed. It was a good attempt at rewriting the original, so I’ll give it some credit. Younger audiences will probably like it. The original I feel is better still. This version felt a bit light for me, I had wanted a darker theme. Or maybe this is coming in the sequel?

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