I was very skeptical upon watching this movie, I never watched planet of the apes or any of the 5 movies in that series, but hearing it’s a prequel did make me interested, still I didn’t think it was going to be any good.
We are introduced to our main character played by James Franco, no I’m not going to reference spider man. He is a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s. We’re shown that they’re experimenting on apes and the drug seems to make them smarter, one of the apes backs out and pretty much wrecks the meeting that our scientist fellow was having, so no one is going to buy his drug now.
It turns out that the female ape was only protecting her newborn chimp baby, obviously Franco isn’t going to kill a cute baby so he takes him home and discovers that has years go by, the chimp is amazingly smart nearly human level, he grows up into our main character Caesar, our chimp main character, he learns how to use sign language and even gets Franco a pointless love interest, but in due time it sort of becomes a reverse Tarzan and the chimp feels lonely because he was never around any other chimps, he learns that his mother died so he’s sad and frustrated. Eventually he grows a desire to live on his own with his chimp brothers and after getting sent to a chimp prison, he makes some friends and some enemies, as usual with these newer movies I won’t spoil what happens but the ending is pretty anti climatic and it’s obvious sequel bait.
In the end I’m kind of split about this movie, every time there’s a scene with Caesar I really like the effects as they are very well done for the most parts and the expressions are awesome, plus the monkey characters actually have character arcs, the human characters are, however, just boring and normal; there’s nothing different about any of them and none of them have all that much development to make them interesting enough, any emotional involvement in this movie comes from the apes, and its good.
Once again I must mention this, the evil corporation of evil things… I am so damn tired of this plot device, especially when it’s as stupid as it is here. It would be so much more interesting if the movie was told from the point of the view of Caesar, even more than it is here, because humans aren’t interesting, the story is a standard science experience that gets people killed one way or the other. While I enjoyed watching this movie it seemed like I only enjoyed half of it.
In the end, “Rise of the planet of the apes” is a fun movie, and is worth the watch if only for those great scenes with the apes interacting.
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