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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice / Court Clerk
Rocket / Bright Eyes
Koba (as Chris Gordon)


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caesar  »

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Box Office


$93,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$176,740,650 (USA) (16 December 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main character Will is desperately looking for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Charlton Heston, star of the original Planet of the Apes (1968), tragically passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. See more »


The type of respirator used during the initial test of ALZ-113 requires a snug fit to the face to prevent outside air from leaking in. The character of Franklin has a thick beard, which would have broken this seal, rendering the respirator ineffective. See more »


[first lines]
Robert Franklin: [administering chimp intelligence test] Okay, okay. Here you go. And let's go again.
[gives Bright Eyes treat and clocks timer]
Will Rodman: Which one's this? Number nine?
Robert Franklin: Yeah, this is number nine. Bright Eyes, we call her. Are you watching this? This is unbelievable.
[Bright Eyes does the tower fast]
Robert Franklin: Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
Bright Eyes: [grabs treat and eats it]
Will Rodman: How many moves was that?
Robert Franklin: 20.
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Crazy Credits

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User Reviews

Best movie of Summer 2011
8 August 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I didn't want to watch Rise of the Planets of the Apes. First of all because of the title and secondly because it was another Planets of the ape movie. The last try at rebooting this franchise was a disaster even with Tim Burton directing it. As such, I didn't have high hopes with the movie.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the movie feels like it was directed with tight lease. Caesar and his actions and reactions to the world are the best part of the movie. I think you are not going to see CGI at its best again until James Cameron comes up with Avatar 2 and 3. The story is tight and makes you sit on your toes even though you know whats going to happen in the end. Acting wise, James Franco leads the charge as a son who won't let go of his father. Frieda Pinto is adequate.

If you are in two minds about going to this movie, take a chance and watch it. The worst that will happen is you will watch another unsatisfying movie this summer. But what if this is one of the best summer movies made this year??? Check this out and let me know.

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