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Aug. 5, 2011by: Mike Sampson

I'll be honest when I say that I was looking forward to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES with a little trepidation. I wanted it to be good but wasn't feeling it from much of the marketing material. Lucky the film screened for critics this week and was a hit, currently with an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Our own Chris Bumbray enjoyed it as well and we might just be witnessing the start of a new APES franchise.

But critics are one thing: with so much excitement around the films we want to know what YOU think!

We're going to leave this article up all weekend with the Strike Backs open and encourage you to post YOUR review of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. If you're so inclined, you can even post a review to your Movie Fan Central profile.

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10:00PM on 08/08/2011

9 out of 10

The first thing I said before this move started, was "get ready to hate the human race" and I wasn't proven wrong. As with these types of movies, POA, shows how humans think they are superior to every other race/species, until proven otherwise.
Anyone familiar with this franchise (you don't have to be , to enjoy this movie) knows whats gonna happen , but it doesn't stop you from liking this story. The special effects are REALLY well done as most times, I couldn't tell and sometimes forgot,
The first thing I said before this move started, was "get ready to hate the human race" and I wasn't proven wrong. As with these types of movies, POA, shows how humans think they are superior to every other race/species, until proven otherwise.
Anyone familiar with this franchise (you don't have to be , to enjoy this movie) knows whats gonna happen , but it doesn't stop you from liking this story. The special effects are REALLY well done as most times, I couldn't tell and sometimes forgot, that I was looking at CGI apes. Andy Serkis knocks it out of the park as Cesar, the ape who started it all. Andy also did the 'movements' for Gollum/Smeagle and King Kong, and once again he connects us with the characters and make us root for them. Pacing was smooth, Story was solid and I look forward to part 2 (let the credits roll).
The down side: Sorry to say , but it was the HUMAN actors who really dropped the ball. James Franco is fun to watch in most films, but he just doesn't have what it takes, to make us sympathetic towards his character and his goals. I don't know if the rolls were poorly written , but the human actors (with the exception of John Lithgow as James' Father) were two dimensional and came across as selfish and cowardly. The crowd i saw this with, were rooting for the apes the entire movie.
I would definitely recommend this as a movie to watch. It's not for everyone but it was by no means a bad movie.
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4:57PM on 08/08/2011

Better than I expected

I went in with low expectations and they were completely surpassed. It had an amazing story and effects! Truly truly great!
I went in with low expectations and they were completely surpassed. It had an amazing story and effects! Truly truly great!
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4:45AM on 08/08/2011

The mere fact...

That they put enough elements which hint to the first movie is excellent. It is even better when you go home and watch the first one as pt2 to this one. It fits. Do not let the naysayers sway you, the triumph of ape over man is plausible. I could definitely see how, when you put the two factors together, man is vanquished. This is a must see this summer, I will not venture to say if it is better than First Class, because I hate that movie, the final scene with the missiles was just plain
That they put enough elements which hint to the first movie is excellent. It is even better when you go home and watch the first one as pt2 to this one. It fits. Do not let the naysayers sway you, the triumph of ape over man is plausible. I could definitely see how, when you put the two factors together, man is vanquished. This is a must see this summer, I will not venture to say if it is better than First Class, because I hate that movie, the final scene with the missiles was just plain asinine, but i can appreciate the production value of First Class, hence my not comparing it to First Class. It is much better than all the other summer movies though. 8.5/10, not perfect because Franco was wooden at times and the greed was maybe a little too convenient...you'll know when you see the movie. Caesar does kick ass and you wont be disappointed by his performance.
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11:52PM on 08/07/2011

Fuckin A.

Totally dug it. I was a bit apprehensive going in because they used the same font for the titles as the Burton one. Leave it to a graphic arts guy to make dire assumptions from a font choice. Thankfully i was way wrong. The CG was given plenty of fine tuning and the story was pretty believable. What I liked most about it though was that it harkened a bit back to the old school era of scifi in that it didn't just TELL you everything. The audience was forced to think through the ending credits on
Totally dug it. I was a bit apprehensive going in because they used the same font for the titles as the Burton one. Leave it to a graphic arts guy to make dire assumptions from a font choice. Thankfully i was way wrong. The CG was given plenty of fine tuning and the story was pretty believable. What I liked most about it though was that it harkened a bit back to the old school era of scifi in that it didn't just TELL you everything. The audience was forced to think through the ending credits on what all of the imagery actually meant for humanity. That and telling a story without constant inane dialogue seems to get lost in the summer movies of this era. I'm a bit sick of modern scifi just making things so blatantly obvious when I grew up on Kubrick style scifi. Well done dudes! Great damned flick!
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11:10PM on 08/07/2011
Wasn't really that bad, but not that good either. The second half just got too silly. Here's the full review:

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Wasn't really that bad, but not that good either. The second half just got too silly. Here's the full review:

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10:44PM on 08/07/2011

Felt more like

Rise to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes.. Ending fucking sucked
Rise to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes.. Ending fucking sucked
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10:28PM on 08/07/2011

Awesome movie!

This movie is way cooler than you think! Full review over at WRINKLED MEAT NERD NEWS here: [link]
This movie is way cooler than you think! Full review over at WRINKLED MEAT NERD NEWS here: [link]
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10:03PM on 08/07/2011
Very good. Andy Serkis totally owns this show, Caesar is such a bad-ass. I thought it was going to be ridiculous as to show how the apes "wipe out" humanity, but they managed to pull if off quite well, without too much suspension of disbelief. It's a shame that Franco was on auto-pilot the whole time, as he's capable doing so much more.
Very good. Andy Serkis totally owns this show, Caesar is such a bad-ass. I thought it was going to be ridiculous as to show how the apes "wipe out" humanity, but they managed to pull if off quite well, without too much suspension of disbelief. It's a shame that Franco was on auto-pilot the whole time, as he's capable doing so much more.
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2:03PM on 08/07/2011

DAMN!!!

i still need to see this one... and captain America and Thor and hangover II and and and....
i still need to see this one... and captain America and Thor and hangover II and and and....
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1:53PM on 08/07/2011

better than I thought

I was expecting the film to be good, however it was even better than that ... the film also flowed well ... I would recommend this movie ... 8.5/10
I was expecting the film to be good, however it was even better than that ... the film also flowed well ... I would recommend this movie ... 8.5/10
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11:57AM on 08/07/2011
From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Great! they'll make a monkey out of me
From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Great! they'll make a monkey out of me
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3:52AM on 08/07/2011
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1:28AM on 08/07/2011

GOOD!

My only complaint is that it felt a little bit too long
My only complaint is that it felt a little bit too long
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2:15AM on 08/07/2011
That's what she said?
That's what she said?
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12:29AM on 08/07/2011
The Movie was REALLY GREAT!!!!!!! Ten Thumbs up!
The Movie was REALLY GREAT!!!!!!! Ten Thumbs up!
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12:12AM on 08/07/2011
Very good movie 8/10. Andy Serkis for best actor!
Very good movie 8/10. Andy Serkis for best actor!
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8:52PM on 08/06/2011
Who would have thought that two of the best movies of summer would be from Fox?!
Who would have thought that two of the best movies of summer would be from Fox?!
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6:58PM on 08/06/2011

Must see!

Awesome flick, arguably the best movie of the summer,WOW. I did not expect it to be that good. I wonder if they will make a sequel, there is room for one.
Awesome flick, arguably the best movie of the summer,WOW. I did not expect it to be that good. I wonder if they will make a sequel, there is room for one.
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6:38PM on 08/06/2011

Good but...

I thought it was good but only two things bothered me and they are both kind of spoilers so don't click expand if you haven't seen it.

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1.) The one ape keeper was watching the original PLANET OF THE APES. That doesn't make sense to me as this is the
I thought it was good but only two things bothered me and they are both kind of spoilers so don't click expand if you haven't seen it.

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1.) The one ape keeper was watching the original PLANET OF THE APES. That doesn't make sense to me as this is the RISE and soooo...would then lead into that movie, which was shown to have been made. Huh? Even if it's suppose to follow the Tim Burton timeline it seems weird that the original 60's version would exist. I guss. I dont know. I just wanted to think of it as a prequel to the original and not the Burton one. Also, I could've mistaken the movie he was watching. Maybe it was Ten Commandments.


2.) I wanted a little more out of the ending. I would have liked to have seen the apes actually take over. I expected a "20 Years Later" type of thing and then see that they've destroyed NYC and the Statue of Liberty (you know...like in the original) and etc. But maybe that would have been out of place?
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3:51AM on 08/07/2011
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This was no means following the Tim Burton storyline. This was it's own separate entity that is giving a new reason to how the apes rose to power. All of the references to the originals are in there just to pay homage to the original films. Also I thought the ending was perfect. it is leading into a second film that will surely cover New York. If you stayed for a
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This was no means following the Tim Burton storyline. This was it's own separate entity that is giving a new reason to how the apes rose to power. All of the references to the originals are in there just to pay homage to the original films. Also I thought the ending was perfect. it is leading into a second film that will surely cover New York. If you stayed for a little into the credits you saw Jame's Franco's neighbor, a pilot, sneezed blood just like the chimp trainer. You also saw that he was heading to New York. I think it is implying that he is carrying the virus that will infect the apes in New York.
7:41PM on 08/07/2011
1.He wasn't watching Planet of the Apes. I think it was El Cid, starring Charlton Heston.
1.He wasn't watching Planet of the Apes. I think it was El Cid, starring Charlton Heston.
5:41PM on 08/06/2011
great film. I loved how emotional Ceaser was. I really felt like he was a real Chimp!
great film. I loved how emotional Ceaser was. I really felt like he was a real Chimp!
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5:19PM on 08/06/2011
Best movie of 2011.
Best movie of 2011.
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1:32AM on 08/07/2011
I'm assuming you haven't seen X-Men First Class
I'm assuming you haven't seen X-Men First Class
12:45PM on 08/06/2011

AMAZING!!

My sleeper hit of the summer. 8 out of 10.
My sleeper hit of the summer. 8 out of 10.
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11:32AM on 08/06/2011
Great movie! Loved it.
Great movie! Loved it.
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10:05AM on 08/06/2011
really dug it
really dug it
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5:47AM on 08/06/2011

Wow

I went in expecting to be underwhelmed. I can even go as far as to say that I was expecting and even hoping that I would hate this movie.

No sir. This movie completely rocked. I was blown away. Easily my favorite movie of the year so far. It's not even a contest.
I went in expecting to be underwhelmed. I can even go as far as to say that I was expecting and even hoping that I would hate this movie.

No sir. This movie completely rocked. I was blown away. Easily my favorite movie of the year so far. It's not even a contest.
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3:25AM on 08/06/2011
Andy Serkis does it again! Everything about this film was brilliant, i cannot say enough good things about it.
Andy Serkis does it again! Everything about this film was brilliant, i cannot say enough good things about it.
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1:51AM on 08/06/2011

Had a blast...

Just came out watching the Rise of the apes, it was an amazing movie.I enjoyed every bit of it. There were moments were everyone laughed out loud and some, the entire theater applauded. It proven to be way above my expectations. The movie did make sense a lot about how the domination of apes will take place and i really liked the ending.
I will definitely re-watch it again.
I give it 9/10.
Just came out watching the Rise of the apes, it was an amazing movie.I enjoyed every bit of it. There were moments were everyone laughed out loud and some, the entire theater applauded. It proven to be way above my expectations. The movie did make sense a lot about how the domination of apes will take place and i really liked the ending.
I will definitely re-watch it again.
I give it 9/10.
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1:41AM on 08/06/2011

9/10

I loved it! I went in expecting nothing, in fact I wanted to come out hating it but I couldn't! It was amazingly done I loved every second. Without giving too much away, the scene with Felton's character and Cesar near the end sent shivers down my spine.

Only thing I have to complain about is that Franco looks far too young to be this smart scientist.
I loved it! I went in expecting nothing, in fact I wanted to come out hating it but I couldn't! It was amazingly done I loved every second. Without giving too much away, the scene with Felton's character and Cesar near the end sent shivers down my spine.

Only thing I have to complain about is that Franco looks far too young to be this smart scientist.
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1:25AM on 08/06/2011
I really enjoyed it. Ceasar was an amazing character, especially when you consider he was almost completely artificial. He was certainly more amazing than any of the actors surrounding him (no doubt done on purpose). For that alone, the film is worth seeing.
I really enjoyed it. Ceasar was an amazing character, especially when you consider he was almost completely artificial. He was certainly more amazing than any of the actors surrounding him (no doubt done on purpose). For that alone, the film is worth seeing.
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12:45AM on 08/06/2011
In 2002, the second entry of The Lord of the Rings arrived for the move going public. While fans of the series were well aware of the grand special effects that WETA workshop brought to the first entry of The Lord of the Rings, it was the character of Gollum that showed how great WETA was with excelling with computer generated effects. Through the use of motion-capture technology and actor Andy Serkis, Gollum became a living, breathing character and a future benchmark on how computer generated
In 2002, the second entry of The Lord of the Rings arrived for the move going public. While fans of the series were well aware of the grand special effects that WETA workshop brought to the first entry of The Lord of the Rings, it was the character of Gollum that showed how great WETA was with excelling with computer generated effects. Through the use of motion-capture technology and actor Andy Serkis, Gollum became a living, breathing character and a future benchmark on how computer generated effects add to the story and character rather than be simple eye candy.

Enter the summer of 2011, where director Rupert Wyatt and WETA workshop have created their own prequel to the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes, a film in which apes have taken over a post-apocalyptic Earth. This film take place before these events as it follows a chimp named Cesar, who is the central character that begins leading a revolution of freedom with other monkeys. However, like the character of Gollum, the character of Cesar is brought to life through WETA and actor Andy Serkis, who come together to create another breathtaking step in creating fully realized computer generated characters.

It is that magic that is truly the beating heart to this film's story, as the journey that we take with Cesar is so thoroughly enjoyable for the most part, despite taking some one-note moments that come along near the middle and final act. Everything that WETA brings to the table with the character of Cesar, from his emotions and interaction with real life actors, is simply excellent. Its so good that the Cesar and his interaction with other CGI chimps just about becomes more interesting than the actual actors' moments, though those moments certainly aren't terrible. The whole plot of the movie revolves around the character of Will Rodman (James Franco), a geneticist who is using live chimps as test subjects towards a cure to Alzheimer's disease. It is through this research that the chimp Cesar is born and cared for by Rodman, who discovers that the cure he has been working on has allowed Cesar to become increasingly intelligent. It is in the opening scenes with Franco and Cesar that the film pulls the viewer in, as director Rupert Wyatt takes his time building Cesar as a character in his emotions and interaction with the world, allowing his eventual arc in the film to never feel sudden or half baked.

However, when the middle act brings Cesar towards his own struggle with the world and certain one-note despicable characters, the film never weighs down Andy Serkis's Cesar and other motion-captured monkeys. They still keep the film from making the viewer roll their eyes as silly moments, due to the fact that the investment in Cesar's plight never feels tarnished. Sure, that same magic seems a bit rushed in the final act where Cesar begins to plan to go against his place in society, but that moment feels like a cherry on top after a delicious dessert that came before it.

Now, before there is repeat of praise over WETA workshop, lets do a brief focus on what didn't work for this film, which was the human's storyline. Now don't get me wrong, it doesn't drag the movie at all, but it certainly felt like an afterthought to the amazing effects that WETA added to Cesar's storyline. James Franco, while not horrible in the film, had this aura at times that felt like there was nothing special to be brought to this film, as if he was in an Alvin and the Chimpmunks film. Frieda Pinto is simply the love interest, and John Lithgow makes the most as Will Rodman's father who has been stricken with Alzheimer's. Then, there are one-note characters, such as Tom Felton's, that have the unfortunate task to simply be jerks and push to the film's big climax, as well throwing out unneeded references to the original Planet of the Apes film. Thankfully, there are just small speed bumps that get overshadowed by whats going with Cesar.

IF anything, Rise of the Planet of the Apes should have the 2012 Academy Awards for visual effect locked up so far, because this is another feat in creating such an emotional center to computer generated and motion capture technology. Director Rupert Wyatt, Andy Serkis and company, as well as WETA put together a summer blockbuster that actually has some weight, thanks to such a great character in Cesar. Certainly, this isn't a perfect film when it strays from Cesar, but the positive qualities outweigh the negative to bring a nice spark in an otherwise dim summer movie season.

8/10
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1:08PM on 08/06/2011
tl;dr
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12:12AM on 08/06/2011
Best movie of the year so far.
Best movie of the year so far.
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10:29PM on 08/05/2011
Best of the summer movies this year.
Best of the summer movies this year.
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4:22PM on 08/05/2011
I looooved it!! See my review on MFC
I looooved it!! See my review on MFC
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2:37PM on 08/05/2011

Loved it. 4 out of 4

Maybe I'm being too generous, but I declare "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" my favorite film of the summer. It's tragic, action-packed, entertaining, terrifying at times, but also heartening.
If Andy Serkis is not nominated for an Oscar for his role as the courageous revolutionist Caesar than the Academy is blind.

After Burton's remake, it seemed like the Apes franchise was dead, but here they make their triumphant return in a prequel/reboot of the franchise.

There a lot of nods to
Maybe I'm being too generous, but I declare "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" my favorite film of the summer. It's tragic, action-packed, entertaining, terrifying at times, but also heartening.
If Andy Serkis is not nominated for an Oscar for his role as the courageous revolutionist Caesar than the Academy is blind.

After Burton's remake, it seemed like the Apes franchise was dead, but here they make their triumphant return in a prequel/reboot of the franchise.

There a lot of nods to the original 1968 Charlton Heston. ("It's a madhouse" and "Damn dirty apes" do make appearances as well as the Icarus spaceship that launched into Mars but later went missing.) And while yes, "Conquest of the Apes" told Caesar's story before, this is a much better story, keeping what worked in the beginning, but going back to the heart of the story which was the fall of man and their obsession to control nature. Caesar's story is a tragic one, but by movie's end he and his subversive ragtag from of chimpanzees, orangutans, silverback gorillas, and primates and simians have had enough of being caged, abused, electrocuted, and tamed and take their insurrection to the streets of San Francisco.

To think that you'd cheer on their revolt against your own human race in a "Spartacus"-like fashion is weird, yes, but we deserve it. David Oyelowo as James Franco's Will's boss isn't concerned with the lives of apes but by making a profit. He and his prehensile GEN-SYS corporation only care about if their new drug which can rapidly repair the brain and increase intelligence can be sold in pharmaceutical stores across the U.S. than genetically-testing on apes. What follows is a modern-day "Frankenstein" story where man's conquest is ultimately his downfall. The Dr. Frankensteins of the world get their comeuppance from the monster they've created, but to call Caesar monster would be calumnious than anything else. He, however, is the good and bad of humanity--- the feral, untamed beast, and the loving and compassionate side. He cares for Will and Will's Alzheimer's-stricken father (John Lithgow) but he knows his place is elsewhere--- outside of his human habitat. When an altercation causes him to live with his fellow apes, he longs for home, but after seeing how his ape brethren are being treated by Brian Cox and his hateful son (Tom Felton), he realizes his place is with his own kind, and that some humans are decent, good people, but others need to be put down.

In many ways, Caesar's story is one of our own. When we feel like no one is listening to us, harming us, or cheating us, we rebel and riot. We band together and go out and demand a change from our government, jobs, school, life, etc.

All the Apes films have been social commentaries and this isn't any different. Animal testing is wrong, we can all agree to that whether you're a PETA-activist or simply someone whom feel animals get a bad rap. We shouldn't have to experiment on them just to discover new vaccines and cures or products. It's also a commentary, as I said, of human beings whom always think we know better or can improve upon our world and society, but when God or nature shows us that we're meddling into things out of our own jurisdiction or control, we cost ourselves everything in the process.

There's much to enjoy about this film (albeit some bad line-delivery by Franco and some cheesy moments but they're only minor) and I look forward to future installments.
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2:01PM on 08/05/2011
Everything about this film was great. Plus it made me teary eyed and no movie has done that in a while
Everything about this film was great. Plus it made me teary eyed and no movie has done that in a while
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