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Since: 23.6.10
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I've always been a sucker for the Planet of the Apes movies. The original is a classic, no question, but I even like the sequels. Beneath is a weak follow up, but does set up the unique timeline of the series. Escape turns the series upside down with Apes coming to our time and possibly creating their own future. Conquest is a really cool movie with a great look and probably one of the best "forths" of a series. Even Battle is a guilty pleasure.

The Burton remake was weak. There wasn't the political commentary or the action of the original series. I actually dug the wacked out ending though. Obviously Burton wasn't going to top the Statue of Liberty, but he swung for the fences. And as goofy as apes in cop uniforms with guns might seem, it was a cool shout out to Rod Serling's original story that all this was based on (apes used modern technology there).

So, with Rise you have a situation similar to the Spider-Man and Hulk movies where you have a bad movie muddle up the series.

But Rise is the modern entry the original series deserves. This is a well constructed sci fi movie. All of the criticisms I read went the trailor came out are answered. "How can a few hundred apes take down mankind?" It is adressed.

Andy Serkis puts in a performance that rivals Gollum. Ceasar the ape is a crucial element to this film and could have easily come off as hokey. He plays Ceasar as a confused alien who isn't quite animal, but not quite human. Throughout the film he grows from confused pet to confident leader of the ape revolution.

There also several shout outs to the original movie. I felt the "damn dirty ape" line being used again was weak, but there are several other less obvious easter eggs hinting at a doomed space mission to mars, and once that I was hoping for that was so good I won't spoil.
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Having never seen the Mark Wahlberg movie from 2000 or so, I thought (due to the identical font used for the titles) that this was a prequel to that movie. That's why the Mars mission stuff stuck out with me.

Turns out it's a whole reboot, and the Wahlberg flick (thanks, Wikipedia) isn't related at all. I like it...great setup for the standard plot.

LOVED how the animation behind the credits actually served a purpose, explaining the downfall-of-humanity plot point.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
I think a lot of people were under the impression that the apes completely take over...this is the tip of the iceberg and ends with apes on the way up, and man on the way down.

The Burton movie has been ignored, and some of the things are contrary to the originals, (the virus killed off all the pets and caused them to domesticate apes in the originals).
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.45
Sucks to be James Franco's neighbour. That poor guy was just trying to defend his kids, stop a possible car thief and stop an intruder from breaking into his neighbour's house....and gets yelled at, his finger bitten off, and becomes the main carrier for a virus that will destroy humanity. Tough break.

I enjoyed the film quite a bit especially seeing Caesar gradually win the respect of and lead the apes in his holding pen. The subtitles were a bit of a cheat --- thought Serkis' facial expressions told the whole story well enough.

As someone who felt the Harry Potter series failed to deliver enough comeuppance to that punk Draco Malfoy, thanks, ROTPOTA!



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
I liked the scene where Ceasar lures the lead grey chimp out in the yard and has the gorilla (was his name Rock?) waiting and is like, "pay tribute or get your ass kicked".

And of course...

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.10
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Sucks to be James Franco's neighbour. That poor guy was just trying to defend his kids, stop a possible car thief and stop an intruder from breaking into his neighbour's house....and gets yelled at, his finger bitten off, and becomes the main carrier for a virus that will destroy humanity. Tough break.


I know, right? Why didn't the neighbor pack up his family and move, especially after Caesar attacked him all over his street? Later, when Caesar steals the formula from James Franco's fridge, he jumps on the neighbor's car again and damages it.

I admired Rise of the Planet of the Apes for its technical achievements and I think it's a well-made movie, but I just couldn't get into it. I just couldn't take it seriously. It's not the movie, it's me. And the monkeys. It's me and the monkeys.

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I loved it. I thought it was well written and even got past Franco - who seems like a decent guy but not someone I take seriously as a dramatic actor.

And not enough has been made about one of the greatest actors of our time - John Lithgow. There are only a handful of actos ever that are a diverse as he is. I totally bought him having alzhimers. He has been one of my favorite actors who can pull off all genres.

The World According to Garp, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, LA Story, Memphis Belle, Richocet, Cliffhanger, The Pelican Brief, and his stellar work on 3rd Rock from the Sun and Dexter. The man can do it all. he was, by a landslide, the best (human) actor in the film and I hope Franco took copious notes.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
    Originally posted by Wpob
    I loved it. I thought it was well written and even got past Franco - who seems like a decent guy but not someone I take seriously as a dramatic actor.

    And not enough has been made about one of the greatest actors of our time - John Lithgow. There are only a handful of actos ever that are a diverse as he is. I totally bought him having alzhimers. He has been one of my favorite actors who can pull off all genres.

    The World According to Garp, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, LA Story, Memphis Belle, Richocet, Cliffhanger, The Pelican Brief, and his stellar work on 3rd Rock from the Sun and Dexter. The man can do it all. he was, by a landslide, the best (human) actor in the film and I hope Franco took copious notes.


To me, the sign of a good actor is being able to blend into a role. Most actors play themselves in every movie. Take Adam Sandler, even in serious movies, he is essentially playing Sandler. Even well regarded actors like Kevin Spacey can fall into this.

But Lithgow can be a villain, batshit insane, or a loveable old man struggling with Alzheimers. His performance really helped the movie, as his frustrations made you believe Franco's motivation for pushing forward.
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