Film of the summer? Yes. Film of the year? Maybe....just maybe. I was shocked at how good this reboot/prequel/whatever of the original Planet of the Apes series turned out to be. Like "holy fuck, how is this movie about a smart-ass CGI chimp kicking so much ass?" Well it does. This film kicks all sorts of primate ass. There's action, human on human melodrama and one amazing performance from a computer generated ape that honestly carries the weight of the entire film.
For those of you who haven't seen the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, lrn2Netflix. Really, it's a multi-generational classic that should be seen/appreciated by all. Rise of the Planet of the Apes does just what the title implies, revealing how a bunch of wild primates other throw humanity and wind up ruling the planet. James Franco plays Will Rodman, a preppy mad scientist who desperately seeks to cure his father's Alzheimer's disease. While testing an experimental drug on laboratory apes, Will inadvertently creates an uber genius chimpanzee named Caesar (played BRILLIANTLY by Andy Serkis) and is also kind of responsible for setting the stage for the ultimate downfall of human civilization as a whole, but hey...his intentions were good!
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