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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  5 August 2011 (USA)
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A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising.

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At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman (James Franco) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary - putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever. Written by emauger1

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Evolution Becomes Revolution


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Rated PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence | See all certifications »

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$93,000,000 (estimated)

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$54,806,191 (USA) (5 August 2011)

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$176,740,650 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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After Planet of the Apes (2001) was a financial success, there was a plan to make a sequel using that film's open-ended cliffhanger as a starting point. It was nixed due to bad critical reviews and creative differences with director Tim Burton. Five years later, in 2006, a proposal to reboot the series beginning with a plot similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) was proposed, and took another five years to reach the big screen. See more »

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Wow It's actually a great movie!
2 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had extremely low expectations for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). I loved the original 1968 classic, but every sequel/remake after it sucked. I was surprised they were going to make a prequel of the classic and I thought it was a good idea. But still after so many bad sequels and remakes, I still had my big doubts. Also I didn't like how the monkeys were made by CGI/Special Effects, why not use a robotic monkey or a real one, it would look more real.

After my viewing of the film, I was pleasantly surprised and I liked it overall. But there were definitely flaws in the movie, no doubt about it. The characters were a bit uninteresting at times, there were subplots that went pretty much nowhere and indicated that there could sequels in the works, but it all depends on how much money it makes. The movie, at some points turned to an average summer blockbuster with all the action scenes and explosions, but it redeems itself later on.

However there are plenty of positive qualities, the movie has. Andy Serkis delivers a great performance as the lead ape in the film and is pretty much the star of the film. James Franco and Freida Pinto, both did a good job portraying their characters. The movie also poses ethical/moral questions, which I found very interesting. The movie is easily on of the most thrilling films we've had this summer. Finally a movie that pays respect to the 1968 original science fiction classic!


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