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I had high expectations for this film, reasons contributing include a leading role by Russell Crowe, a relatively high rating on IMDb and predominately positive reviews. Maybe the reason I'm scoring this 5/10 isn't because it was bad, but rather it did not live up to expectations.
The beginning was good, as it introduced the characters well and left me wanting to see how the story developed. However, I believe the plot was average, in that it had much more potential, and Russell Crowes character was not utilised as much as it could've been. Of the three main characters, he appears the least.
The ending in my eyes was a little predictable, but maybe that's just because I'm a film buff. Despite being a little too predictable, the ending did saviour some respect for this film.
Overall, a slow paced film with which very little happens, which in a way makes you more likely to want to see the film through, as you anticipate something might happen. Not something to watch on a film night with family or friends, but rather a quick 90 minute film to pass the time by yourself.
Great film, exceeded my expectations
At first I thought, not another Planet of the Apes remakes, quit whilst you're ahead. But this film truly blew me away. It was incredible. My expectations were well and truly exceeded. There was a clear plot and storyline lined out which was easy to follow and understand, the way the film made you connect with both the humans and apes is remarkable, this happened in such a way, that it seemed there there were no bad guys, you wanted both sides to prevail in different ways. Great special effects and action scenes too. The only flaw that I could think of would possibly be the acting, no chance of an Oscar for best actor, but then again, you can't give an Oscar to a chimp !