Monday, September 19, 2011
The movie is expertly made on a huge technical level.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the third best summer film I’ve seen its not the greatest but pretty good.
Well we all know the huge franchise that is behind this movie, the 1968 Planet of the Apes which is a sci-fi classic. There were numerous sequels and remakes, like Tim Burton’s version. Which had great set design and a powerhouse performance from Tim Roth. That didn’t help the flaws the movie had. Now comes this 2011 version which is a prequel. It basically shows how everything started. The movie begins with James Franco as Dr. Will Rodman who is trying to work on a miracle drug. They use chimps for their experiments. After one that goes horribly wrong he is ordered to kill the chimps but a baby is discovered and he saves it. He names it Cesar and brings it home and grows up with him but notices that there are radical changes. In intelligence, agility and speed. However when Cesar starts seeing how the human race really is a revolution begins.
The movie is expertly made on a huge technical level. The effects that are use to bring Cesar to life is awesome. Motion capture technology will go far on the hands of the right director. Andy Serkis plays Cesar’s facial and body movements, if you don’t know who that is look him up he’s the one that plays Golum in the Lords of The Ring movies. He makes Cesar more then a just a creation of CGI. He makes it that we can relate to Cesar a character that doesn’t even exist. James Franco is much better here then he earlier effort Your Highness which is abysmal by the way. He fit’s the role perfectly. Tom Felton plays an a-hole which he did I the Harry Potter series. Trust he does it well. Fredio Pinto plays the girl who gives advice when sometimes not needed very nice and very pretty.
Where the movie loses a potential half a star more is that it leads to much early to a action scene then more intelligently. Which is the problem for all blockbusters nowadays. It’s a impressive scene but I would love to see it done in a way where we can find out more about the chimps. It could have ended in way more satisfying especially with Cesar developing. The movie basically follows the template of all blockbusters, but with the difference being good performances and it’s smart. It’s not in 3D which is a big plus any time.
The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt who’s credit is The Escapist which I never seen but now I do. Rise of the Planet of the Apes might not be incredible but it’s much better then a lot of blockbusters this summer.