Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,2011
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: James Franco,Freda Pinto and Andy Serkis
"During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom."`
I wouldnt expect much from a 2011 prequel to Franklin J Schaffner's legendary 1968 Charlton Heston helmed classic.I didnt see it during its theatrical run but i wish i did because Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has to be one of my favorite films of 2011,The film is so well made and executed with phenomenal special effects and CGI,thrilling action and battle sequences,emotional and touching moments and an amazing performance from Andy Serkis as lead ape Caeser,Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is thrilling and brilliant.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a perfect example of how to make a modern day prequel to an acclaimed classic,The film is loyal respectable to the source material all while creating its own unique experience.Ive yet to see the Planet Of The Apes sequels but ive seen the original multiple times and its clear while watching this prequel that the filmmakers have a strong love for that film and does do it justice in everyway and makes a film that is on par with it.An opposite example of this is the 2011 prequel to John Carpenters horror classic "The Thing",That film feels like an exact replica of what Carpenter perfected in 1982 and although imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery it doesn't make a good film.
The films brilliant center piece is the performance of Andy Serkis as Caeser which is beyond amazing,known for his other motion capture roles in films like The Lord Of The Rings series and King Kong,Serkis knocks it out of the park once again here giving Caeser human like qualities and emotions and makes the audiences love him,feel sympathy for him and finally fear him.Also in the cast is the James Franco,an actor i really like mostly because of his tour De Force performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" a film which is very close to my heart,Here Franco is great and likable as the man who takes Caeser into his home,Freda Pinto from "Slumdog Millionaire" also stars and does an okay job but is slightly bland in parts,The terrific John Lithgow also co stars and its always great to see him on screen.
The film looks amazing,The Apes themselves look great and the final climatic battle scene on the bridge looks unbelievably good and is as genius as it is thrilling.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is the surprise hit of 2011,In a year where over the top CGI messes such as "Green Lantern" and "Cowboys & Aliens" have been released its a relief to get a film like this one,Great story,brilliant performances and emotional punch,hopefully with the same people involved Apes gets a sequel or a prequel which ever way you look at it,The Apes have indeed risen!