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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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Originally it was to be Will Rodman's wife, rather than his father, who had Alzheimer's. See more »


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[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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The end credits appear over a map, showing the virus spreading around the world. See more »


Referenced in Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 4 (2013) See more »


The Aftermath
Written by Daniel Nielsen (as Daniel J. Nielsen)
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User Reviews

More than expected
4 August 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There are so many things right about this movie, the little things that are wrong are easily forgiven. Some slight plot holes, but the film and characters make up for it. The chemistry between Franco and Pinto is weak, however Franco plays his part. Lithgow is always a great asset to any production, and does a great job here.

Albeit you know the chimps are CGI, their eyes look amazing, with depth and personality, and along with their body language and facial animations, you really do forget they are CGI. The music is powerful and tense, and I loved the way it builds up through out the movie. Starting with light orchestra at the beginning, while starting to feel very tribal without overdoing it towards the end.

There are moments that are truly gratifying, and Caeser really steals the show with his evolution through out the movie. The journey Caeser takes really connects and you feel his plight. With moments of thought, heart and action, Rise really hits the mark for the audience it's aiming for.

Excellent entertainment all round!

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